#RoofSquares 16-22: Lake District continued

Welcome to my next batch of RoofSquares, once again chosen from our recent Lake District holiday. This time we had a cottage in Ambleside, but for old times’ sake we visited Grasmere where we stayed on our last few visits. I’ve always liked this row of cottages on the way up to Allan Bank – to me, the roof looks as though it has been sliced off prematurely.

Here’s Allan Bank itself (National Trust property), looking down on its roof from the Woodland Trail. The small building on the right is the Billiard Room – as a bonus picture, I’ve included its roof from the inside looking up.

Also in Grasmere is St Oswald’s Church. When we last visited three years ago the tower and the church were the same colour. Since then the tower has been restored, including re-roofing and repair of the gutters, castellations and roof pinnacles. Doesn’t it look splendid?

Another day, our walk took us to three different viewpoints over Windermere. This is the lowest and offers a good roofscape of Bowness-on-Windermere.

During the walk, we passed this cottage – Old Droomer. I loved the mossy porch roof over the red door, all surrounded by a wonderful flower display.

This dinky Clock Tower has a castellated roof complete with weathervane. It marks the boundary between the towns of Bowness-on-Windermere and Windermere. I got confused by these names when travelling with my sister and my oldest friend in our early twenties. I assumed the town of Windermere would be right next to the lake and booked accommodation accordingly, not knowing that Bowness was in between. It was a mile uphill from the lake back to our B&B! (By the way, never refer to Lake Windermere – it’s a tautology. Mere means lake.)

Finally, I give you the gloriously neo-Gothic Wray Castle which I’ve written about before and no doubt will again!

My last batch of roofs next Friday will be closer to home, and a non-roof account of our Lakes trip will follow in due course.

No definite news on the Art School yet – the experts have started planning, but there is still a large exclusion zone with residents and businesses displaced. Take a look at this BBC article for pictures of two very roofless buildings – Glasgow School of Art and the ABC venue behind it.

To end on a happier note – I’ve cracked 500 posts! Here’s to the next 500.

65 thoughts on “#RoofSquares 16-22: Lake District continued

  1. ms6282 July 2, 2018 / 11:30

    Bowness was the original settlement. Windermere town only sprang up around the railway station when the line was first built and was named after the lake, of course.


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter July 2, 2018 / 12:31

      It would have caused less confusion if they had chosen another name! Of course, now I would have googled everything in advance. Then it was the dark ages.


  2. restlessjo June 29, 2018 / 07:36

    Castellated/crenellated… nice words. There was a discussion with Sue on one of Becky’s posts 🙂 🙂 Still shocked about the art school.


  3. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) June 27, 2018 / 15:04

    Congrats on 500 posts! For some reason, I initially read roof pinnacles as “roof pistachios” and was looking for things that looked like nuts on top the roof. I must be hungry!


  4. Steve Schwartzman June 26, 2018 / 17:42

    I appreciate your characterization of the Clock Tower as “dinky”. That’s an apt word.


  5. rosemaylily2014 June 25, 2018 / 08:39

    Love Windermere and Bowness though it’s a long time since I’ve been there. We had family friends who had a bungalow overlooking the lake (not that I appreciated it as much as I would do now!). My late mum absolutely adored the Lake District and used to a lot of fell walking back in the day. I love the interesting roofs – the one at the end of the row of cottages does look as if it has been sliced off! Old Droomer is just gorgeous – the red flowers are so pretty with the creams and greens 🙂


  6. OuterHebridesByMotorhome June 24, 2018 / 18:54

    Ah Grasmere! I can smell the gingerbread from here. Such an amazing little shop, owned by a third generation and staffed by ladies wearing full victorian kitchen maid outfits. If you can’t find it, the sweet smell in the air of fresh from the oven warm gingerbread will guide you straight to its door.


  7. Birgit June 24, 2018 / 17:05

    You’re pics are absolutely stunning! I love all these buildings especially the one with the tower that is newly renovated, picture of the home with the bright red door and the castle. They are all great and how I wish I could go on that walk. I so hope the building can be saved.


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