/ Names of Cumbria
It happened like this. When the rail companies were building the Penrith to Workington rail line (now a Beeching victim and replaced by the A66) they considered putting it on the Skiddaw side of Broadwater with a station at Bassenthwaite village. They then decided to build it on the western side of Broadwater and build a station at the north end of the lake to serve more villages. (Every village and hamlet had a station, including places like Threlkeld, Brigham and Broughton Cross). To differentiate between the new station and the village of Bassenthwaite they called the station "Bassenthwaite Lake"
Then the public thought that "Bassenthwaite" was the name of the water itself and started to call "Broadwater" "Bassenthwaite lake".
The Ordnance Survey people didn't like that at all and continued to name it as Broadwater for many years. Eventually they gave in and changed the name to Bassenthwaite to avoid confusion.
The rail companies built a new line to a town called Birthwaite. They then decided that with the mere being the main attraction they would call their station Windermere. That lead eventually to the town changing it's name from Birthwaite to Windermere.
With so many ancient place names in Cumbria these recent ones are a bit of a surprise.
And Coniston Water was originally called Thurston Water until the late 18th Centuary.The name was name derived from the Old Norse personal name 'Thursteinn' + Old English 'waeter'.
You lazy git. [Insert appropriate smiley faces here]
I too remember going there (as a young lad). I've got some photos somewhere...
Brothers Water used to be called Broad Water until it was renamed after two brothers who drowned there in the 19th century.
Correct - introduced by Southey and Wordsworth as they believed the Norse derived "gill" to be coarse.
And some parts still don't believe it exists....
Torpenhow means hillhillhill.
But then readers of Wainwright will know that already.
People would be wrong to say there is only one "lake" in Cumbria. There are obviously many examples of a "large, landlocked, naturally-occurring stretch of water", which is a pretty decent definition of "lake". Thus the correct answer to the question is actually the one that is intended to be the red herring, i.e. the number of the existing bodies of water that are big enough to be a lake (debateable given Brotherswater, Rydal etc?).
For the answer "one" to be valid, the question would have to ask about "Lakes". As the question is usually verbal, this is not expressed and the multiple answer is not wrong.
Anyway I was brought up in Whitehaven and the most common local usages I encountered there were "Ennerdale Lake" and "Wasdale Lake" so maybe it is only a matter of time until there are more "Lakes" anyway as usage seems to have influenced Bassenthwaite?
Residents of a well-known west Cumbrian valley recently defeated plans by a dairy giant to rename their village to I Can't Believe It's Not Buttermere.
Agree. Noone would try to claim that the only hills in the Lake District are Loadpot Hill, Wether Hill and Crag Hill and the rest are Pikes, Dodds, Fells, Riggs or whatever.
Now the real question is how many Peaks there are in the Peaks District...
> Brothers Water used to be called Broad Water until it was renamed after two brothers who drowned there in the 19th century.
I'm guessing that you know this because you are curently living in said Water?
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