Drawing 310: Rydal Mount
Direction of view: N
Notes: This view is from within the gardens of Rydal Mount, for entry to which there is a charge (£5.00 in 2020). The viewpoint is a mound opposite the front of the house, described in the guide as a 9th century Norse mound, used as a site for a beacon fire to warn of coming border raiders.
Comments: I took this picture on slide film in the autumn of 1991, probably on 3rd November, see 307 above.
I visited Rydal Mount on 14th April 2014 with Sheelagh Hughes Hallett. It was a beautiful Spring day, and we greatly enjoyed looking around the gardens and the house. The view sketched by AW has changed very little, though some of the bushes have grown up a bit. A postcard on sale shows a similar view of the house in the late 19th century, again with little change visible.
The house dates from the 16th century, although it was enlarged over the intervening centuries, including by Wordsworth himself. Rydal Mount was the home of Wordsworth from 1813 to 1850, and opened to the public in 1970.
The only other place in Wainwright’s published work where this view appears is on page 361 of Westmorland Heritage: a slightly cropped version of the same drawing.