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18th century colourful cottages & townhouses

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18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb

So yes, at last some pictures from our wee trip to the Lake District a couple of weeks ago - it's been a busy couple of weeks! Anyhow today I want to share a few colourful snaps from around the little town we stayed in...


18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb

The place we stayed is the historic market town of Cockermouth on the western edge of the Lake District. Pausing for a sec until the cheeky giggles die down... I know. It's unfortunate. But the town sits on the mouth of the river Cocker and that's why it has it's called Cockermouth. It's likely that if you're not English speaking this will make no sense to you, but for all of you that are I thought I would give a wee explanation. And I am sure that for anyone who is in a fit of giggles it won't be helping that I keep typing Cockermouth for you to read.

Anyhow! We stayed at the Allerdale at the east end of main street amongst the colourful 18th century buildings of St. Helen's Street and the Kirkgate. A really, really pretty part of the town! It was such a joy to wake up to these colours every morning instead of the drab sandstone of the city.

18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb

I think I spent an hour one morning snapping details and colours along St. Helen's Street and I loved that the further I went the wonkier and shabbier the buildings got. It almost felt as through I was going back in time. Some of these buildings (or at least parts of them) are close to 250 years old and have settled a little over the centuries. Roof lines aren't level anymore, chimney stacks lean over, corner walls seems to bulge disconcertingly in places and window frames have twisted in all directions. See the little red and white house below? I don't think there's a true vertical or horizontal line on it! That one is my favourite, I marvel every time I see it!

18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb
18th century colourful cottages & townhouses in Cockermouth, Cumbria / The Lake District, UK | Emma Lamb

Even inside the Allerdale where we stayed the floor and ceiling were all a bit wonky too. The main staircase leading up to the rooms had that distinctive sloping in the centre. If you're wondering it was a decent place to stay. Maybe a little old fashioned inside (80s/90s old fashioned instead of a lovely historic vibe), especially in the old part of the building at the front where our room was. But it was clean and friendly and the full Cumbrian breakfasts every morning were great - Cumberland ring sausage, two rashers of bacon, black pudding, two eggs cooked to your preference, tomatoes, beans and mushrooms with tea and toast! Fantastic!! Plus the £5 per night fee for Spanner was brilliant. The Lake District is dog country after all so the wee man has to come along too :)

Emma, x

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