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Helvellyn Cottages in Glenridding
History of Helvellyn Cottages
Helvellyn Cottages are located at 1 and 2 Low Rake Glenridding. They were built in the mid to late 1860s to house workers at the Greenside Lead Mine which was located at the head of the valley along the bridlepath (where the Helvellyn Youth Hostel now is).
Originally the cottages would have had three bedrooms upstairs, with no bathroom. Downstairs there would have been a front room and back parlour, where the kitchen now is, with the utility room serving as the kitchen.The outside of the cottages have not changed much since they were built and lived in by the likes of the Browns. The stone sink used for washing by all the cottages in the terrace is still there in the alley at the back, and the outside privy is still in the sheds at the back (although no longer functioning!). The sheds in what is now the garden for Cottage 1 were originally used as coal sheds, and the field opposite number 4 was originally divided into allotments used by each of the cottages. We purchased the cottages in 2005.
Ullswater Memorial Project
As part of the World War One Commemorations we have been involved in researching the lives of the men who fought, and in some cases died, in the war, as well as looking at life in the Dale at that time, including residents from 1 and 2 Low Rake. For more information on this please visit the Ullswater Memorial Website using the link below.
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