Drawing 334: Cottage, Low Hartsop
Direction of view: SE
Notes: This scene is virtually unchanged since AW did his sketch. Best lighting will be early on a summer evening. The cottage does not have a nameplate, but is very obvious as you walk through the hamlet. It features an attractive open gallery.
This scene does not appear elsewhere in Wainwright’s published works.
Comments: I took the picture on slide film on 11th April 1978 (image 1), prior to a very long hike over the Helvellyn and Fairfield ranges. I took sketch 256 at the same time. The picture for this digital project was on 5th September 2013 (image 2). See sketch 29 for an account of that day.
Wainwright writes that “Low Hartsop remains unspoiled as a characteristic, centuries old Lakeland hamlet, built of the native stone…” It is a conservation area, containing 12 Grade II listed buildings, and the hamlet is fully described in the Conservation Area Appraisal, which is on the National Park Authority’s website.
The hamlet is now generally known (including by the Ordnance Survey) simply as “Hartsop”.