Cumpston Research

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.


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.

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