In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Lakes like this:
Lake District (or The Lakes), comprises portions of Cumberland, Westmorland, and N. Lancashire: the chief lakes are Bassenthwaite, Coniston, Crummock, Ennerdale; Haweswater, Ullswater, Wastwater, and Windermere; the Lake District is the great tourist district of England.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Lakes has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of South Lakeland. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Lakes and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lakes, in South Lakeland and Westmorland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 13th December 2013
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