Stybarrow Crag, Ullswater

Having been to the Lake District on vacation, I can attest that it is truly one of those beautiful places which one should not miss. Around every corner traveled lies another vista worth stopping and taking in. Leave your car behind and walk. Follow the land and forest rushing down to the waters edge. Feel the peace, hear the wind in the trees, breathe deep the air filled with scents of moss and musk. Such a place is #StybarrowCrag, Ullswater.

What many people do not realise is that this beauty spot on Ullswater was almost lost to the British public in 1924. The owner had offered this plot of land to the National Trust in 1922 but the Trust passed on purchasing the property even at the reduced price at which it had been offered to them. William Wordsworth walked along this lake and his poem ‘The Daffodils’ was a tribute to these wild flowers (Lenten Lilies) which each spring bloom on the banks of Ullswater. A. W. Wainwright, writer and hill walker, loved to holiday here to walk the lake shore. Other literary greats such as Samuel Coleridge (Rime of the Ancient Mariner) and Sir Walter Scott (Ivanhoe) have ties to Ullswter also.

Stybarrow Crag’s beauty is captured here by artist J. Rigg. There is a Jack Rigg, a marine painter, from Farley, West Yorkshire and this painting may be by his hand. It is undated but has great semblance to post cards from the late 1800’s and very early 1900’s. This would mean that the present day Jack Rigg painted this from another image since he was born in 1927. No matter. A fine image of a place worth seeing.

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1 Response to Stybarrow Crag, Ullswater

  1. Sammi E says:

    Hello. I was doing some research on a painting that my dad acquired years ago and came across your blog. The painting of the above image of Stybarrow Crag ,Ullswater is similar to the painting my dad has dated from 1910 even down to the boat and person on the shore. Your blog has given me some insight into what to research next to see if it’s similar to postcards from late 19th to early 20th. Maybe J.Rigg copied the image from the 1910 painting my dad has. Thanks again for the blog.

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