Drawing 62: Patterdale Church

Direction of view:  W

Notes: The view is from inside the churchyard.  The trees have changed markedly (including the yew tree on the right, which is noticeably bigger), but the gravestones are still recognisable.  Wainwright notes that, since his drawing was done, “a clock has been added to the tower, which looked better without it”. Well, it’s still there!

This picture also appears on page 321 of Westmorland Heritage, where it has been printed much lighter, so all detail in the sky has been lost.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 4th April 1977: one of eight sketches that Peter Messenger and I managed to squeeze in before a round of the Kentmere horseshoe (when we got two more!).  It was a clear morning, but the weather deteriorated as the day progressed.  Just a few small daffodils were showing in Patterdale churchyard (image 1).

Next up was a visit on 4th April 1993, and this time Peter and I were heading for a traverse of the Coniston fells (see 239 for more on this day).  Spring daffodils were more in evidence this time: image 2.

My first attempt with a digital camera was on 9th January 2014 (image 3: see Drawing 74 for more on this day).  It was around 1pm, and the sun was on the south but not the east face of the church – as in the sketch in fact, though I thought sun on both faces would look better; an opinion finally confirmed on 11th July 2018, when I took the picture whilst meeting Peter in Patterdale for a walk up St. Sunday Crag: image 4.  See 396 for an account of that day.