Drawing 282: Low Tilberthwaite

Direction of view: W

Notes: Could be taken at any time of year.  The location is unmistakeable, though parked cars can be a problem.  There are a few subtle changes from AW’s drawing, most of which predate my first photo.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 5th April 1986 – see 261 above for an account of that day.

I first visited to take the picture on digital on 13th January 2013.  However, the weather was disappointingly dull, despite a positive forecast, and soon it started to snow.  I went off for a walk over the northern Coniston fells with Peter Watson, as the weather gradually deteriorated further.  Next visit was on 19th March 2015, also with Peter Watson, and this time a beautiful morning.  The dustbins were out ready for collection, but fortunately just out of the picture, and there was nothing to stop a good shot.

Wainwright calls this the most charming of those spinning galleries that have survived in Lakeland buildings, and that “under roof cover but open to the elements, [they] are a last link with the days when wool was spun on hand wheels as a rural home industry”.

This scene does not appear elsewhere in Wainwright’s published works.