Fell Foot Park

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Fell Foot Park and Lake Windermere

Fell Foot Park is a country park, formerly the grounds of a Victorian house, situated beside Windermere, a lake in Cumbria, England, and in the ownership of the National Trust. It is in the civil parish of Staveley-in-Cartmel in South Lakeland district.

The estate was owned by Jeremiah Dixon, mayor of Leeds in 1784,[1] who sold it in 1859 to Colonel G.J.M. Ridehalgh (1835-1892), a director of the North Lonsdale Iron and Steel Company, colonel of the 2nd Westmorland Volunteer Battalion Border Regiment[2] and one of the founder members of the Royal Windermere Yacht Club. The house was demolished in 1907 to build a larger replacement, but the project was abandoned when the then owner died. The estate was given to the National Trust in 1948.[3][4]

The manager's house (originally built as a gas works),[3] several boathouses including one converted to a cafeteria,[5][6][7] and a workshop and dock[8] are Grade II listed buildings. They were constructed for Col. G.J.M. Ridehalgh.[3]

Between March and September, Windermere Lake Cruises operate a passenger ferry service from Lakeside station to Fell Foot. At Lakeside, connection can be made to the same company's steamer service to Bowness-on-Windermere and the preserved Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.[9]

The park's buildings were flooded during the 2015–16 Great Britain and Ireland floods.[10]

References

  1. ^ "Lord Mayors & Aldermen of Leeds since 1626" (PDF). Leeds City Council. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "George John Miller Ridehalgh". Grace's Guide to British Industrial History. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Historic England. "Manager's House, Fell Foot Park (1225513)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Fell Foot Park". About Britain. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Historic England. "Southern boathouse at Fell Foot Park (1225561)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Historic England. "Northern boathouse at Fell Foot Park (1266317)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  7. ^ Historic England. "Cafetria, Information centre and adjoining boathouse at Fell Foot Park (1225511)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  8. ^ Historic England. "Workshop and adjoining dock at Fell Foot Park (1225512)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Fell Foot Ferry". Windermere Lake Cruises. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 12 June 2018. 
  10. ^ "Flooding at Fell Foot". National Trust. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 

Further reading

  • Hubbard, Alan (1 May 2015). Planning Policy Statement: Fell Foot Project, Fell Foot, Windermere: Development of the Historic Fell Foot Estate (PDF). National Trust.  Note especially Appendix 1, Pages 36-38: "Fell Foot Park, Statement of Significance" for history of the estate.

External links

  • Fell Foot Park information at the National Trust
  • Illustrated guide to Fell Foot Park
  • "Fell Foot". Old Cumbria Gazetteer.  Includes links to many maps showing Fell Foot and a picture of the house

Coordinates: 54°16′30″N 2°57′08″W / 54.2751°N 2.9523°W / 54.2751; -2.9523

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