26th October 2011
followers of BOOTboys
may recall that Tony is very fond of
pies. Also, that he is a biker, albeit
not necessarily very hairy.
when Pete spotted a new book being published
ultimate pie bible
from the Kings of
option had we but to buy it for Tony
as a surprise present?
next question was where to give it
that another of Tony's hobbies involves visiting public
houses, the logical place would be the Three
Shires Inn, in Little Langdale.
Well, let me tell you a story.
weeks ago, Tony e-mailed me with a tale about his wife
Three Shires Inn
Tourist's Rest Inn
Over the years, when passing the
Shires Inn in Little Langdale,
I've mentioned Pat's family connection
with the place.
Her ancestors' initials are engraved in
the cornerstones of the pub.
has been doing
a bit of research recently and come up with the results
of the 1901 census:
In 1901 it was known as the Tourist's Rest and by
a weird coincidence I've just discovered a postcard
picture of the place on Ebay!! Unfortunately, the auction
had just ended but I've copied the picture off the
It was Pat's Great Grandad William Parry and her Great
Grandma Martha who ran the place in 1901 along with
their 5 kids (nowt else to do up there in winter!!).
The census records show
William listed as innkeeper
and slate quarryman.
added that his mine of useless information gets deeper!
Well, snap! There is more to come. Just
wait patiently for a while till we reach the pub.
meeting up at the Linthwaite where once again Mike treated
us to a starter sausage, we headed into Little Langdale
valley where we
left the cars at the parking area near Blea Tarn. After
walking round the tarn, we continued northward to the
path that climbs Side Pike. Our two previous visits
were with John L who was not very well at the time
and inclined to hallucinations about being interviewed
by a certain Julia Bradbury.
time, sad to report, there was no John with us, nor
Julia. Just the other four of the original Side
Pike team, Bryan, Stan,
Tony and me, plus Pete who was on the second ascent and
Mike for whom this was his first.
parked near Blea Tarn and made our way around the western
side of the tarn before crossing the road for the ascent
of Side Pike and the 2011 team picture. Sadly
there was quite a lot of mist about, spoiling the views.
of the warnings not to attempt any way off the summit
other than the way up, we retraced our steps before
turning left on the path toward Lingmoor Fell. First,
however, we had to negotiate the Big Squeeze (which
has nothing to do with Jools Holland).
medical condition has a couple of constraints imposed
on me. One is to avoid exposure in case I have
a fit whilst tottering over a big drop. So now
I have a good excuse not to do the sort of things that
I would not have done anyway due to wimpdom. I
can't remember what the other constraint is. It
might have been something to do with avoiding excess
alcohol in case it damages my memory but I forget.
that is my excuse for going through rather than round
the Big Squeeze. All the others followed suit.
I can't comment on their excuses!
climb to the summit of Lingmoor Fell was steep in parts
but easy to navigate despite the mist (just follow the
wall). The descent was equally simple and less
taxing but with some dramatic views.
Fell summit appears
from Lingmoor Fell
over towards Tilberthwaite
we reached the Three Shires Inn (so called due its proximity
to the junction of the three counties Westmorland, Cumberland
and Lancashire), where we presented Tony
with the aforementioned book, Perfect Pies. He was quite
taken by surprise.
must confess that, as I had been the one carrying the
I was glad to be relieved of it as it was unexpectedly
and the Hairy Bikers
we all ordered pie and chips. Although we would
have preferred the pastry to have been less flakey,
the pie was delicious.
introduced himself to the Landlady who was
interested to learn of his historical connection
to the Inn and William Parry, the former
turned out that two ladies had visited earlier
in the year who also had a link back to
the Parry family- presumably distant relatives
the wall was a photo of the Tourist's Rest
seemingly taken around the same time as
the one that Tony had but with some people
on it. Are these Pat's ancestors?
Tourist's Rest with Pat's ancestors?
on the wall we saw a plaque dated 1903::
cross referencing with the 1901 census we can work out
that these were:
E L: Emma Last, Single age 40
A K P: Annie Parry,
age 8 (Pat's Grandad's Sister)
E E L P: Emma Parry,
age 6 (Pat's Great Aunt)
J S P: John Parry, age 3
W M P: William M Parry age 1 (Pat's
R T P is probably Ronald Parry, age
14 (Pat's Great Uncle)
do not know why Pat's Grandad, William Parry, age 45,
innkeeper and quarry man, and his wife, Martha Parry,
age 46 are missing from the inscription. Interestingly,
the census tells us that he came from Wales and she
from Scotland where their eldest child was born.
do know a
bit more of the history of the Tourist's
Or should it be Tourists' Rest?
Ambleside Lakes Herald, Issue 180, August 31, 1883
reported on page 4:
before G.H. PUCKLE, R. WITHERS, G. REDMAYNE and
Mr. J.T. BOWNASS appeared on behalf of J. Herbert LANGDON of the
"Tourists' Rest", Langdale for an extra licence to sell wine, essentially for
the accommodation of visitors who frequented that district. The bench would have
before them an application on behalf of another house, and it would be for
them to decide which house was the most suitable. The "Tourists' Rest" had
been constructed with a view of obtaining a more extensive license, and
possessed 3 drinking rooms, sitting room, and 3 bedrooms. The rent was £24
and this house was much better situated for supplying the wants of
the visitors than the Birch House Inn. Some 14 or 15 carriages passed this
house each day during the summer, and the landlord was often asked for
Superintendent SHIELDS said he did not think there was any
necessity for fresh licences there being sufficient already at Skelwith
Bridge and Langdale.
Mr. GATEY made application on behalf of Daniel Dixon BOWNASS for a licence to
sell all intoxicating liquors at Birch House Inn, Little Langdale. The
arguments in favour of additional accommodation for that neighbourhood used in
the previous application applied equally in this, and there were also special
things which applied to that house. The accommodation was the same as in the
previous case, and the house was more favourably situated, being at the junction
of three roads. The application was made entirely in the interests of the
general travelling public, who often required something other than a cold
glass of beer. It was probable that the road would become an important one, some
four or five coaches passing daily at the present time. The rent was
The bench stated that they had decided to refuse both
there's more. Coming soon!
return was less challenging; a rather gentler stroll.
We approached the crossing of the River Brathay
along a strange raised footpath by the side of a cart
track. Fortunately we did not need to ford the
river but could use the footbridge. Shortly afterwards
we passed the ancient Slater's Bridge, spoiled to my
mind by the presumably more recent addition of a metal
and the Hairy Bikers
continued along the track to Fell Foot and re-crossed
the river. I
was curious to see Ting Mound which is not,
as I had first thought, another name for
the nearby Castle Howe.
it is an ancient monument dating back to
Viking times, then used as an open air meeting pace by courts and bodies responsible
for the administration and organisation of the countryside.
theory is that it is situated here to take advantage
of the Roman roads, one to the fort at the top of Hardknott pass, the other
to the Galava fort at Ambleside.
reality there is little to see other than a slightly
Mound information board
Howe, on the other hand, is a volcanic lump that was
used as a fort in neolithic times.
Langdales and Side Pike across Blea Tarn.
here it was a short stroll back to Blea Tarn and the cars But
before leaving, I return now, for the last time,
to the topic of the Tourist's (or sts') Rest. Much
to my amazement (seeing as it was me who compiled the page for the
web) I found a reference to the Tourist's Rest
on the Natland website. See The
Fallen Remembered and
is another reference to it in Lakeland
noting that the huntsman La'al Tommy Dobson, the Veteran
Master of Eskdale and Ennerdale Foxhounds for 53 seasons,
died there in 1910.
The report in the Westmorland
Gazette at the time records him as being:
as famous as the celebrated huntsman, John Peel".
days it might read:
"Almost as famous as the celebrated
26th October 2011
week's report has produced a higher than normal number
of responses. Some, of course, liked the Sick
Swan story but Roger B, who had hoped to be with us
but was prevented by commitment to clients, wrote:
a great story!
elements struck chords with me:
Parry, slate quarryman and innkeeper, could well
have moved to little Langdale from the North Wales,
where Parry is quite a common name. The cashier
at the firm in Chester where I served my articles
was Mr Albert Teague. When I told him that I was
moving to Kendal he told me that he had been born
and brought up in Little Langdale where there were
a number of Welsh "immigrants" who had
moved there because of their slate quarrying skills.
Perhaps his father or grandfather had moved with
was pleased to see that Mr Gatey was representing
one of the failed licence applicants. He would have
been the father of the Gatey who later joined William
Heelis in partnership in the 1930s. A distinguished
predecessor to Richard Brownson certainly had a
number of successful and unsuccessful attempts to
persuade the licensing bench!
found some really interesting additional facts opening
up some other interesting avenues. Some of Pat's other
relatives are called Bownass (who appeared for Herbert
Langdon in 1883) and she also had an uncle called Jack
Langdon Parry who died relatively young. "Langdon"
seems very unusual so there could be a connection there
somewhere as well.
to the corner stone, the initials are all the names
of the kids in order of birth with the exception of
Emma E. Last (aged 40 and listed as a visitor) Who was
she?? Possibly the younger sister of Martha? (Aged 46
and Pat's great grandma).
think the date shows 1903 after enlarging the pic.
is getting more and more intriquing!! The article on
Tommy Dobson mentions more of her family.
Bownass and Fred Bownass were Pat's Auntie and Uncle
(on her dad's side) and eventually took the Post Office
in Little Langdale. Pat's Auntie Ann (her dad's sister)
is still alive and
only lives up the road on Heron Hill. I must go and
was at a family funeral in Coniston yesterday where
my sister-in-law gave me the picture shown below.
It's not brilliant but, with the exception of E.E.L
carved on the left of the cornerstone, all the kids
match the rest of the initials:
row: Martha Parry (46), William Parry (45) Ronald T.
Row: Annie K Parry (9), John Parry (4), Emma E.L. Parry
calculate the picture to have been taken in 1902 - 3
which would also match the date inscribed on the corner
cousin's also thinks the E.E.L must be the sister of
Martha who was staying with them.
Peters then joined in the fun, leading to this mini
Links to Big Josie
what strange connections there are! We have unearthed an
improbable but true series of links from Big
Josie, of the
Burnmoor Inn and BOOTboys
fame, to The
Three Shires Inn of
Tony's family to naked men from the rather upmarket Sharrow Bay Hotel
on Ullswater and by a separate route, much to my surprise,
the items on The Three Shires, above, Chris P told me that
is a very small world! In 1968 I married Valerie
Poole at the church in Chapel Style. Valerie was the
younger daughter of Harry and Phyllis Poole who owned
the Three Shires Inn from the mid 60s until the early
80s. Val and I ran the hotel for two weeks in
late July for about six years to give the Pooles a break
and we also did a few weeks in January and February
were divorced after seven years and I subsequently married
the sister of Richard [a BOOTboys
reader and potential member] B. Weird reading that Richardís
predecessor in his firm of solicitors, Mr Gatey,
was involved with licensing the famous hostelry!!
is all very personal but the Three Shires Inn was a
very important part of my life!!
went on to add that the Bower House, just down the road
from Big Josie's Burnmoor Inn at Boot in Eskdale, used to be
run by people called Marsham who were much maligned
by Big Josie. On their day off, they would go
over Wrynose and Hard Knott Passes to The Three Shires,
sometimes staying the night because Mrs Poole was such
a good host and cook.
Poole also did the preparatory work for the television
programme presented by the renowned chef,
John Tovey. Before achieving fame at
the Miller Howe Hotel, Tovey worked at the
renowned Sharrow Bay Hotel where he was the "third
man" to its owning partners, Messrs Francis Coulson
and Brian Sachs.
Would you believe that this odd couple also used
to drive over to The Three Shires on their day off?
tells an amusing story about Coulson and Sachs. They
were fond of swimming in the sea on the Solway coast,
naked of course. One day, a dog walker spotted
their clothes and for a bit of fun, hid them. C&S
were unable to find them so had to drive back to the
Sharrow Bay without any clothes on!! Fortunately
for them, they were barely noticed.
& Mrs Heelis
extend the list of improbable but true connections,
we now link Big Josie to Beatrix Potter.
aformentioned solicitor, Mr Gatey was the
partner of Mr Heelis, who married a
certain Beatrix Potter.
the Second World War, Beatrix Potter used
to visit her husband in hospital in York,
where my mother-in-law was working as an auxiliary nurse.
recalls how rude and demanding Mrs Heelis
was to her.
the consequence of all this is that we finally
my link to Big Josie!
really am a BOOTboy! Well,
subject completely, John
S wrote about the Big Squeeze
I've been both 'round it and through it in my youth
- but I was about five stones lighter in the late seventies
as well John L. and I weren't with you yesterday. We'd
have had to either go around the Big Squeeze, or fall
off or turn back.*
then provided the following artist's impression:
I was wondering how I might subtley work into
this report the score of a certain recent football match.
Then it dawned on me. Why be subtle?? Hence
the seemingly irrelevant inclusion of a wounded bird.
Scroll down for the explanation.
is the new M.U.F.C. logo:
a pity I could not have used that
as the title for
climbed in feet:
Pike, Lingmoor Fell
Bryan, Don, Mike, Pete, Stan, Tony
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