In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Loughrigg like this:
LOUGHRIGG, a hamlet in Rydal and Loughrigg, township, Grasmere parish, Westmoreland; 2 miles W of Ambleside. Longhrigg fell here is a mountain between the Rothay and the Brathay rivers; extends about 2 miles north-north-westward, from Clappersgate to Red Bank; rises to an elevation of 1,050 feet above the level of Windermere; has a swollen, ridgy form, and a tumulated, broken surface; is skirted by an intricate series of rocks, knolls, woods, and dwellings, in picturesque-combinations; and commands, from its summit, one of the richest circles of view in the Lake region. ...
A spot halfway up its N side is that where Pastor and his companions, in the ninth book of Wordsworth's "Excursion, "are supposed to look upward to the sky and mountain tops, and round the vale of Grasmere. Loughrigg tarn, a charming lakelet, whose banks are partly flaked with cottages and partly overhung by rocky steeps, lies under the W side of the fell, about ¾ of a mile S of Red Bank; and is the subject of some fine lines by Professor Wilson.
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 Loughrigg 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 Loughrigg and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Loughrigg, in South Lakeland and Westmorland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th May 2013
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