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A Little Piece of HillCrest History

Mr Mrs Bell & grandaughter
We had the pleasure to welcome Mr & Mrs Bell from Frodsham (seen in the picture with their granddaughter) and family  to HillCrest recently who brought a fascinating story with them. Mr Bell’s mother and father where married on16th September 1922 then came directly to Hillcrest on the train from Blaydon,  after the service, for their honey moon. HillCrest at that time was a temperance hotel.
The very detailed and descriptive diary written by Mrs Bell describes a horse and carriage journey over Honister Pass on “the world famous drive to Buttermere”. The view at Honister “was wild and desolate” and the descent to Buttermere “can only be done with steady horses & well built coach. The road is very rough and rocky”. At Butteremere the journey included “a first class tea at the farm”
On the way back from South Lakeland they “stopped for tea at The Nags Head Wythburn and visited the whitewashed church”. Maybe one of the last teas at The Nags Head as it was removed from the edge of Thirlmere by Manchester Corporation when the reservoir was built.
This fascinating insight into the last century describes many of the same visitor destinations we have today in the Lake District, which goes to prove the enduring quality of our area. We just need the railway back to Keswick!!
We are very grateful to Mr Bell for this wonderful story and the framed original invoice from Hillcrest that he gave us, perfectly preserved by his mother.

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