Among the contributions from the clergy to the king towards the
recovery of the Palatinate of the Rhine, Mr. Mickelsell, curate of
Langdale, paid 4s. Lanc. and Cheshire Record Society, vol. xii, p. 69.
5 October. fforasmuch as Wm. Willson of Langdale, yeo., hath
been this day indicted for disquietinge abuseinge and disturbinge
John Thompson (vicar of Grasmere) in readinge ye booke of Comon
Prayer or Service of ye Church and in his Collacon or preachinge at
Langdale Chappell ye XXVI of September last past beinge ye Lord's
Day........ It was thought fit By the Court yt ye oath of
Allegiance should be tendered unto him and forasmuch as he refused
to take ye same It is therefore ordered that the said Wm. Willson
shalbe comitted to the Common Gaole of the Countye there to
remaine, etc., etc. K. Indict. Book, as quoted by Nightingale, The
Ejected of 1662, vol. ii, p. 1065.
7 October. John Holme to Daniel Fleming reporting that the
bridge at Elterwater needs repairs to the amount of £45. Hist. MSS.
Com., 12th Rep., p. 104.
17 April. Elterwater Bridge, being a public bridge, is much in
decay; Order to the chief constable of Kendall Ward, Mr. Sawrey,
Leonard Benson, Benj. Browne and Reginald Brathwaite to view the
same with assistance of workmen and give an estimate on 9 May.
(K. Order Book, 1696–1724). The referees and workmen who viewed
Elterwater Bridge in Langdale report that it is absolutely necessary
to erect a new bridge in stead thereof with an estimated cost of £35;
ordered that the chief constables of Kendall and Lonsdale Wards and
the viewers of the bridge contract with an able workman to rebuild the
bridge and make the same very substantial with a large and high arch,
and to give security for maintaining the same for 7 years after
building it. Ibid.
11 October. The house of Dorothy Harryson in Great Landgale
is licensed as a place for religious worship for the people called
Quakers. K. Order Book, 1696–1724.
18 January. Presentment that Elterwater and Colwith
Bridges are in decay; order for a report from the chief constable.
(K. Order Book, 1696–1724). On the 2nd May following the constable
reported that at Elterwater Bridge the pavement must be raised from
the key-stone to the hole that carries in the water at the bridge end
which is in length 8 yards, and if the water should be turned, that the
bridge may not be damnified, it should be paved further 18 yards,
besides some pinning up of the butments of each end that are wanting. He estimates the cost at £2 10s. Colwith Bridge wants limeing
and pinning up and 4 yards of ledges and to be new paved from the
key-stone as far as it has been on Westmorland side which will be 20
yards. He estimates the cost at £3. K. Indict. Book, 1692-1724;
Browne MSS., vol. i, n. 221.
13 January. Presentment that the highway at Coom beck in
Wrynose is in decay and that it is necessary that a stone bridge be
erected there for the safety of passengers; order for a view and a
report on the cost. (K. Order Book, 1696–1724). On 24 July, 1721,
Robert and William Robinson entered into a bond to erect and build
a new good and firm stone bridge over a river or water called Com
beck which doth cross the public highway on Wrynose a little below
the ford, to consist of one bend or arch and to be shot over with good
choice stones called penn stones, and the said arch when shot and
keyed to be filled, closed and covered with good and strong, pouring
and hot porrage mortar made of hot lime. The battlements or ledges
to be near twelve inches in breadth or thickness and eighteen inches
high above the pavement and set with good and choice penn stones,
the said battlements on the lower side to be 15 yards in length and on
the higher side to be 10 yards at the least. The pavement to be made
easy and gradually ascending and descending at the end thereof for
carriage and passengers. To complete the said work on or before
24 August next ensuing. The undertakers will from time to time as
often as shall be requisite and necessary well and sufficiently repair,
maintain and uphold the said new bridge for and during the full end
and term of seven years, etc. In consideration whereof, Benjamin
Browne on the behalf of all the inhabitants of the Barony covenants
to pay unto the said Robert the full sum of £5 when all the said work
should be completed and approved by the said high constable.
Browne MSS., vol. i, n. 254; iii, n. 190; xv, n. 151, 191.
12 January. Presentment that Pumpelhow Bridge (Poundfell
Howe on Bleamoss Beck) in Little Langdale is a public bridge and in
such decay for want of reparation that the subjects of our lord the
King cannot pass ride travel and labour over and upon the same as
they used and ought to do without great danger, and that the said
bridge has been repaired for time immemorial at the expense of the
county and still ought to be amended, etc. (K. Indictment Book,
1738–50). On 27 April following the high constables were ordered to
contract for the repair. K. Order Book, 1738–50.
2 October. Upon the oath of the surveyor of highways for the
township of Gt. Langdale, setting forth that the highways there are
greatly out of repair and that the 6 days labour is not sufficient to
effectually repair the same; it is ordered that an assessment of 6d. in
the pound belevied upon the several inhabitants owners and occupiers
and that in case of refusal or nonpayment within 10 days of demand,
upon distress and sale of goods, etc. K. Order Book, 1760–70.
23 April. Presentment that there is a certain common and ancient
Pack and Prime way leading from the village of Great Langdale to
the village of Ambleside, and that a certain part of the said Pack and
Prime way, beginning at a certain place called Baysbrown and extending to Elterwater, and containing in length one mile and in
breadth 4 yards, was and yet is very ruinous, etc., and that the
inhabitants of the township of Great Langdale ought to repair the
same. K. Indictment Book, 1760–70.
Presentment that Langdale New Bridge is one of the public bridges
belonging to the county and that the 300 feet of the road at each of
the ends are in great decay for want of due reparation, and that the
said bridge and approaches ought to be repaired at the public expense, when and so often as need shall require. K. Minute Book.
10 October. Presentment that a moiety of a common bridge
called Callah otherwise Colwith Bridge, and 30 ft. of the highway at
the N.W. end thereof, situate in Little Langdale, in the King's highway leading from Hawkshead to Whitehaven, is narrow, ruinous and
insufficient, and should be repaired by the inhabitants of co. Westmorland. (K. Order and Indictment Book, 1786–98). Certified to
be in good repair on 14 January, 1797. Ibid.
6 April. Elterwater Bridge and the 300 feet of road at each end to
be repaired at the county expense. K. Order and Indictment
12 January. Notice of D. Huddleston and Co., stating their intention to apply for a license to erect mills for the making of gunpowder with proper magazines, at Elterwater, which said license was
granted at this Sessions. (K. Indict. Book, 1817–24). The company
erected a school for the township, in consideration of a plot of land
given them for the use of their mill. The school was endowed with
£1000 in 1854 by John Braithwaite of Orrest Head.
21 October. The Rev. Stephen Birkett, Incumbent of Langdale,
took and subscribed the usual oaths and Declaration on his appointment. K. Indictment Book, 1839–52.
The church dedicated to the Holy Trinity was rebuilt within the
4 January. Rev. James Coward likewise. K. Minute Book
3 July. Presentment that Colwith Bridge is in much want of
repair, so much in decay and so inconvenient, as to render it expedient
wholly to take down and rebuild the same. (Ibid.). On the 4th
August following It was resolved that in accordance with a similar
resolution by the co. of Lancaster that the bridge be taken down and
rebuilt and that a sum not exceeding £300 be granted for that purpose
the like sum having been granted by the County of Lancaster. K.
Minute Book, 1859–75.
10 August. The South Westmorland District Council reported to
the County Council that in their opinion there was no possibility of
making the present road over Wrynose into one that could be regularly used by motor cars and that the road was in sufficient repair for
its present purposes. C. C. Minutes, 1923–4.