Goosemire Cottages Blog

How Goosemire Cottages got its name

Date: 21st March 2012
Filed under: Uncategorized
Tagged: bampton, goosemire cottages, haweswater, mardale, witnail and i

Our Business name Goosemire Cottages is derived from Goosemire Farm, part of the picturesque farming settlement of Mardale Green, which was flooded by Haweswater reservoir in 1935.

Originally Haweswater was a small natural lake only about 2 ½ miles long, almost divided in half by Measland. The two stretches of the lake were known as High Water and Low Water. In 1929 Parliament passed an Act allowing The Manchester Corperation permission to build a dam which would raise the water level by 95ft and create a reservoir 4 miles long, so that they could supply water to Manchester and the surrounding areas. At the time there was public uproar as the farming communities of Mardale Green and Measand had to be relocated as the two villages in the Valley would be flooded. The stone from the village church was used in creating the dam, and the bodies from the graveyard exhumed and reburied in nearby Shap. During times of drought if the water level of the reservoir drops low enough the remains of the two villages can still be seen to this day.

Haweswater Valley is the only place in England where Golden Eagles nest. A pair of Eagles first nested at Haweswater in 1969, and since then 16 chicks have been born. In 2004 the female bird disappeared finally leaving the solo male bird in peace :-)  

Haweswater can be seen from the door of ‘Crow Crag’ in the 1987 cult film “Withnail and I” staring Richard E Grant and Paul McGann. “Crow Crag”, is actually Sleddale Hall, which is near Wet Sleddale Reservoir just outside the village of Shap. The telephone box where Withnail phones his agent is on the main road in Bampton.

The line drawings that feature in this blog are by Artist Robin Forster, and were used back when Goosemire Cottages produced a brochure. With the boom of the internet demand for brochures rapidly dropped, and therefore a brochure is no longer produced.

 

Goosemire Farm
Goosemire Farm
Village of Bampton
Village of Bampton
Beauthorn Coach House on the lakeshores of Ullswater
Beauthorn Coach House on the lakeshores of Ullswater
Dairy Cottage, Newby in the Eden Valley
Dairy Cottage, Newby in the Eden Valley
The Garden Flat Ambleside
The Garden Flat Ambleside
Cranesbill, Morland
Cranesbill, Morland
Tsukudu at Lowick Nr. Ulverston
Tsukudu at Lowick Nr. Ulverston