Jollie's Cumberland Guide & Directory 1811, Part 2
Gentlemen's Seats, and Description of the Country to Ireby.
We pass by Old Carlisle, a Roman station, (described at page 42, Part I.) on our route to Ireby, a very ancient but trifling market-town, about eight miles from Wigton. It stands on the border of the river Ellen, at the foot of a high round-topped green hill, called Binsey Fell1. The surrounding country is rather naked and cold: the soil is pretty dry and fertile, and the general aspect not unpleasant. Skiddaw, and its adjoining mountains and lakes, lie a few mile to the south. From hence the Ellen washes a pleasant vale to Maryport, passing a great number of old seats, many of which are now deserted. - lreby has a weekly market on Thursday, and two yearly fairs - on the feast of St. Matthias and St. Matthew. In this neighbourhood, in a sheltered situation, is Snittlegarth, the seat of Roger Williamson, Esq. - and a little to the north stands Whitehall, formerly belonging to the family of Salkeld, but now the property of Wm. John Charlton, Esq. of Heslie-side, in Northumberland.
The country between Ireby and Wigton consists of elevated moors and cultivated valleys. In this district we observe Clea-Hall, one of the seats of Sir Henry Fletcher, Bart. situated on a well-cultivated spot, which rests on the lap of a cold, dreary mountain. This seat enjoys a fine prospect northward over the lower parts of Cumberland, the Solway Frith, and the borders of Scotland.
Jollie's Cumberland Guide & Directory 1811
1. Now just Binsey.
29 April 2008
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