Drawing 4: Newby Bridge
Direction of View: NE
Notes: There are now mature trees on the banks of the river opposite the Swan Hotel, making it impossible to see this scene as Wainwright sketches it. In summer, the hotel would be invisible.
This scene does not appear in any other published works by Wainwright but the photograph from which this sketch was drawn is in the County Archives at Kendal, reference WDAW/4/1/1/2/1. There are no seagulls in the photo.
Comments: I took this photo originally on slide film in 1979, almost certainly on a day with Peter Messenger, getting a number of photos from the Lakeland and Furness sketchbooks. Other Lakeland sketches photographed on the same day were Skelwith Force (303), and Force Falls at Rusland (207).
I visited the sketch for my digital project on Saturday 14 April 2012, on my way to a walk near Hawkshead (see 176). The riverbank was rather litter-strewn, as well as heavily overgrown with trees. Although sunny when I left home, it was determinedly overcast at Newby Bridge. The contrast between the 1979 and 2012 pictures is very marked.
The Swan Hotel was very badly flooded by Storm Desmond in December 2015 – a storm that caused widespread damage across the District.