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The work connected with the CUMPSTONs in Ambleside will take me a number of years to complete. It involves their work in making paper, all of which is recorded in great detail in the papers of the Browne family of Nookend.  You can read more about the family here under Ambleside Cumpstons.

Ambleside

Geographically the most central town of the Southern Lakes, the centre of Ambleside lies a mile north from the head of lake Windermere in the Rothay valley. Ambleside has its roots in the medieval woolen trade.

The setting is rather good, with high fell rising up above the grey stone buildings, a decent river, Stock Ghyll, with its. impressive 70ft waterfall, and lots of alleyways and twisty lanes to explore. Situated at the crossing of many old pack horse routes the town has a long history.

The Romans, on their way to Ravenglass in AD 79, paused and built Galava fort at Waterhead. The most famous building is the Bridge House. The oldest part of the town dates from the 15th century and lies on the Kirkstone side of the river. This was once the centre for a thriving corn and bobbin mill industry where a restored waterwheel can been seen just above the bridge, opposite Bridge House.

Nook End, Ambleside, Cumbria, UK

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1668 Browne George Browne Thos deed from Jackson to J Newton to 1668 of Nookend XIV 217

1669 WD RY/BOX 92/228 1669
These documents are held at Cumbria Record Office, Kendal
Release and Confirmation, 17 March [1669]
(1) Edward Forrest, of Nook End, Ambleside, yeoman.
(2) Anthony Hall, of Rydal Hall, yeoman.
Premises: A messuage, tenement and customary estate at Nook End, with appurtenances being a building called "the Cowhouse", a parcel of ground called "the High Orchard", a close of three acres called "the Sledd How and Strand", a close of five acres called "Sweedie", a close of sixteen acres called "the Mosses" and another called "High Pike Close", all being parcel of the Richmond Fee, of the yearly rent of 6s. 8d. Consideration: £63 12s.
Witnesses: John Newton the elder, Christopher Birkett, John Wilson and Christopher Birkett.
Birkett Chrisr Release of Land Bridget B to C B at Nook End Ambleside 1712 XIV 147
Birkett Bridget to C Birkett - Release of Land at Nook End Ambl. 1712 XIV 147

Ambleside Nookend - Birkett to Cumpstone - deed of 1716 XV 206-7
Ambleside Nookend - Birkett to Birkett (Release of Land at Nookend (1712) XIV 147
Birkett Chrisr to Cumpstone, deed of Nook End Ambleside 1716 XV 206, 207

Cumpstones Cumpstone to Compstone - Minutes for the Conveyance of Nook End II 108
Cumpstones Cumpstone to Compstone Deed of Nook End XVI 266

Ambleside Nookend - Cumpstone to Cumpstone deed of Nookend ( ) XVI 266 

1668 Browne George Browne Thos deed from Jackson to J Newton to 1668 of Nookend XIV 217

1669 WD RY/BOX 92/228 1669
These documents are held at Cumbria Record Office, Kendal
Release and Confirmation, 17 March [1669]
(1) Edward Forrest, of Nook End, Ambleside, yeoman.
(2) Anthony Hall, of Rydal Hall, yeoman.
Premises: A messuage, tenement and customary estate at Nook End, with appurtenances being a building called "the Cowhouse", a parcel of ground called "the High Orchard", a close of three acres called "the Sledd How and Strand", a close of five acres called "Sweedie", a close of sixteen acres called "the Mosses" and another called "High Pike Close", all being parcel of the Richmond Fee, of the yearly rent of 6s. 8d. Consideration: £63 12s.
Witnesses: John Newton the elder, Christopher Birkett, John Wilson and Christopher Birkett.
Birkett Chrisr Release of Land Bridget B to C B at Nook End Ambleside 1712 XIV 147
Birkett Bridget to C Birkett - Release of Land at Nook End Ambl. 1712 XIV 147

Ambleside Nookend - Birkett to Cumpstone - deed of 1716 XV 206-7
Ambleside Nookend - Birkett to Birkett (Release of Land at Nookend (1712) XIV 147
Birkett Chrisr to Cumpstone, deed of Nook End Ambleside 1716 XV 206, 207

Cumpstone to Compstone - Minutes for the Conveyance of Nook End II 108
Cumpstone to Compstone Deed of Nook End XVI 266

Ambleside Nookend - Cumpstone to Cumpstone deed of Nookend ( ) XVI 266

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