In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Patterdale like this:
PATTERDALE, a hamlet and a chapelry in Barton parish, Westmoreland. The hamlet lies at the influx of Patter-dale beck to the head of Ulles-water, 8 miles N of Amble-side, and 8 S of Troutheck r. station; has a post-office‡under Penrith, and a hotel; and commands delightful excursions, by water and by land, among the romantic scenery of Ulles-water. A well, in its neighbourhood, was anciently held in superstitions veneration; and, from thepractice of pilgrims repeating their "paters" at it, gave rise to the name Patterdale. ...
The chapelry contains also the hamlets of Deepdale and Hartsop, and bears the name of Patterdale-with-Hartsop. Acres, 8, 314; of which 314 are water. Rated property, £1, 553. Pop., 693. Houses, 134. The property is subdivided. The manor was given, in 1247, to Robert de Lancastre. Patterdale Hall was formerly the residence of the Mounseys, popularly styled Kings of Patterdale; and is now the seat of W. Marshall, Esq. Patterdale proper is a mountain vale, descending 5½ miles northward from Kirkstone Pass to the head of Ulles-water; is traversed, from head to foot, by Patterdale-beck; contains, near the middle, the lakelet of Brothers-water; receives, on the right side, the streamlets descending from Hays-water and Angle-tarn, on the left side, the streamlets traversing Deep-dale and Grosedale; exhibits a changeful and rich succession of romantic views; and opens, at the foot of Deepdale, in a grand panorama, horizoned all round by picturesquemountain summits. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £130.* Patron, the Earl of Londs-dale. The church is good; and the churchyard contains a noble yew.
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 Patterdale has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Eden. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Patterdale and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Patterdale, in Eden and Westmorland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th June 2013
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