Drawing 46: How Head, Ambleside

Direction of view: SSE

Notes: Parked cars are a major problem here, and there is a new streetlight (pretending to be an old streetlight) in the foreground, but the building itself has changed little.

This picture features on page 3 of Westmorland Heritage, and page 195 of Wainwright in Lakeland.  Both are replicas of this sketch.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 29th June 1977: see Drawing 45.

I first visited for this digital project on 8th September 2012, on the way back from Allan Bank at Grasmere (which, after a disastrous fire in 2011, was open free of charge as part of a heritage weekend).  It was cloudy, and the square was heavily parked-up, so a return trip was needed.  This was done on 30th September 2015, when Sheelagh Hughes Hallett and I had travelled up to Ambleside to see the film “Everest” at Zeffirellis cinema.  It was a beautiful late afternoon.  As I lined up the picture, a man regarded me suspiciously from the doorway on the left. Eventually he got bored, and I got the picture, albeit with omnipresent cars.  Note the changes in automobile styles from 1977 to 2015!

How Head is a Grade II listed cottage dating from 1548, one of the oldest recorded buildings in Ambleside and reputedly built of cobbles taken from the Roman Fort at Waterhead.