: The Princess, the King and the Tower
23rd November 2011
Kendal area has several associations with
Charles Edward Stuart, better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie.
rumoured that he visited
inn when he passed through Kendal in 1745.
he stopping for a pint before moving onto
his lodgings at what is now known as Prince
to the Kendal Civic Society plaque, the
house (currently incorporating Charlie's Cafe
Bar) was owned during the Stuart rebellion
of 1745 by Justice Thomas Shepherd,
was slept in by Bonnie Prince Charlie during
his advance on London and again during his
retreat. His pursuer, the Duke of
Cumberland, slept in the same bed on the
public house is named after the so called
Butcher Bill who chased Charles Edward Stuart
and his army back across the border in 1745.
It is alleged that the Duke called here
for refreshment in the course of his pursuit
of the Prince, although itís more likely
that it was renamed in honour of his achievements.
north, as reported in BB1125,
is Clifton where the last pitched battle
on English soil took place. When
I wrote that report I commented on the six
highlanders buried beneath a tree and presumed
they were on the losing side. My assumption
now seems incorrect and Visit
states that Charlie's army was victorious
on that occasion and that ten Dragoons lie
buried in St Cuthbert's churchyard. For
more, see Afternote.
there is another, less publicised connection to the
Young Pretender which concerns the Cumbrian Princess.
But, in this story, the King and the Tower come first.
I known the weather forecast for the area west of Windermere
would deteriorate we might have gone east where the prospects
were better. But that information came too late
and by that time I had already written two thirds of
this report! So (a word that apparently is now
considered a cliché
and ought to be shunned) we had already opted for a low level wooded
walk starting from Newby Bridge where John, Tony and
I met with Pete. In fact the weather was overcast
but fortunately not raining.
Bridge to weir
view of the River Leven from bridge to weir is interesting
as was the fact that for some unknown reason, people
had taken to throwing coins into the water as if it
were the Trevi fountain.
the Trevi Fountain!
to see to what Tony is chatting
of Lake Windermere
I had been planning to take the
direct route to Finsthwaite then I remembered that the
last time we were in this area (BB1042),
I was taken to task by Guy W for not having visited
Finsthwaite Tower. So we put that right this time,
climbing up Water Side Knott to find it.
built, in 1799 by James King of Finsthwaite (note
the subtle way I worked the King into the story!), the tower
would have had a magnificent view of the lake but not
no more, thanks to the trees that now obscure it. Also,
in those days it had three storeys but only two remain.
Tower three storeys
Tower two stories
According to its plaque, the tower was:
Erected to Honor
the Officers, Seamen and Marines
the ROYAL NAVY
whose matchless Conduct
and irresistible Valour
defeated the Fleets
of France, Spain and Holland
and preserved and protected
LIBERTY and COMMERCE
more information on the history of the tower and James
King see the website:
THE CONFLICT- Cumbrian War Memorials.
we had examined the tower, we made a bit of a meal of
finding our way out of the wood, in which we spotted
a logfull of funghi. These were subsequently referred to
our fungus expert, Suzy, but she was unable to identify them
without examining its underside and other features.
No rude comments, please.
logfull of funghi
eventually dropped down to the path
leading to the hamlet of Finsthwaite with its rather
grand mid-Victorian St
designed by Paley
and Austin, Lancaster
based architects who specialised in the ecclesiastical.
is here that we return to the Young Pretender. In
the churchyard lies the "Cumbrian
Princess", Clementina Johannes
Sobieski Douglas of Waterside.
has it that she was an illegitimate daughter
of Bonnie Prince Charlie by his mistress,
was the surname of Prince Charles' mother.
Douglas was a surname sometimes used
by the Prince on his clandestine visits
to London after the failed 1745 uprising.
Clementina is thought to have been
sent to Finsthwaite as a child to live a
secluded life. She
died at the age of 24 and was buried at
the southern side of St.
churchyard on 16th May, 1771.
it significant that the epitaph on the grave reads "Behold, Thy King Cometh"?
legend continues that shortly after the Princess died, a stranger came and planted on
her grave a solitary Scottish thistle. It is said that Finsthwaite Churchyard
bristles with such thistles and that this particular sort does not grow
in the neighbourhood.
course, legend and fact are often two different things
and there is a discussion on the matter to be
found at the Douglas
website. You decide.
inside of the church contains a number of interesting
features, particularly relics from the First World War.
A plaque describes the contents of a glass fronted case:
cross and communion vessels
Cross and Communion Vessels were made on
active service by the 1037 GHQ Reserve MT
Company for their use at Treviso, Italy,
on Christmas Day 1918.
vessels were originally shells, the Chalice
the cap of an 18 pounder.
Cross is made from a plank of the Pontoon
Bridge built to carry the troops across
the River Piave for the final attack on
the Italian front which led to the Armistice
were several other features of interest, including:
Dam was our next target. Once the source of water
power for bobbin making at Stott Park Mill, it now seems
to be a fisherman's paradise. I was sure that
Tony would be able to provide plenty of information
but it turned out that he had never fished it- he thought
it a fly fishing place whereas he is a coarse fisherman
(in more ways than one).
we climbed, past some strange (artificial) sheep and
up to what I call Low Dam (although I don't know if it
has a name) and then to High Dam. For some strange
reason the phrase "Damn,
damn, double damn, forty hells and a beggar" or
something close to that kept going round my mind.
was it that used to say that?
first I thought it was my woodwork teacher at school
but then I remembered his catchphrase was "Check,
check, recheck, cross check, double check, check again
and when you have finished your checking, check your
checking". Sadly I can't remember his name
but I did remember, or at least I think I did; that
the double damn person was Mrs Nash, our Welsh landlady
in our first year in Leeds.
(cliché), back to the walk.
was the slowest BOOTboys
outing on record, mainly because we had
spent so much time looking at the Princess,
the King and the Tower.
John's foot was beginning to hurt so, rather
than make an uncertain way across the fell
to try and find Boretree Tarn, we circumnavigated
High Dam, finding another fungus.
time Suzy was able to identify it.
She advises that the bracket fungus (the
one up the tree) is a "Birch Polypore".
Its common name is "Razorstrop Fungus".
vary the route back from Finsthwaite, we continued down
the road to the rather fine Finsthwaite House then took
the path over Wintering Park to emerge by the Newby
the House, says Tony on a wooden seat
is this plant?
question posed under the plant on the right was subsequently
answered by my brother, Alan, who advised:
mystery plant appears to be a succulent. Possibly Echeveria
elegans. Or so it seems to fit the description in Dr.D.G.Hessayon's
authoritive work "The House Plant Expert".
at the cars, John and Tony decided to call it a day
whilst Pete and I had a brief exploration around Canny
Hill before we, too, headed for home.
darkening view from Canny Hill
bottom end of Windermere
and somewhat surprisingly, the weather had remained
dry allowing us to make the most of the Princess, the
King and the Tower.
23rd November 2011
who likes to research such matters, has discovered some
interesting information about the retreat of the Pretender
and The Battle of Clifton Moor..
The last battle on English soil
and then follow the link to the eye witness account
of Clifton End Farm, "a worthy member of the Society
is unexpected outcome to the publication of
I received an e-mail from Barrie
W, philanthropist and BOOTboys follower,
currently on business in Buenos Aires and it's 12.20
a.m. but my Blackberry has been programmed to beep when
the words EROTIC and BIG JOSIE appear in same sentence!
So what's going on?
was tempted to reply "go to the website and all
will be revealed" but perhaps that is not the best
thing to say regarding the not so erotic Big Josie!
should get a beep!
is successful entrepreneur with whom several of us worked
many years ago. He has devoted part of his wealth to
Wells Sports Foundation to help young and aspiring
sports men and women.
has inspired me to seek out someone of similar means
wanting to sponsor a group of aging fellwalkers who
beforehand need to soothe potentially aching muscles
and afterwards are fond of a pie and a pint.
the BOOTboys Liniment,
Uphill & Food Foundation?
suggestions as to whom we should call??
(5.8 John & Tony)
climbed in feet:
(1,214 John & Tony)
Tower, Cumbrian Princess,
Don, John S,
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