The Bridge House - Ambleside, Lake District

Jan Szymczuk

Stannington, United Kingdom

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During our recent camping holiday in the Lake District, we came across this tiny house built on an old stone bridge. This building is known as “The Bridge House” and was built over 300 years ago as a summer house for the orchard of Ambleside Hall (long since gone) and was probably used to store apples.

Since then it has had many uses. In the mid-nineteenth century a family with six children lived here.

Others uses have included a cobblers shop, antiques and gift shop until locals purchased it to hand over to the National Trust in 1926.

In 1956 the National Trust opened Bridge House as it’s first information centre.

On 21st August 2009, I photographed it!

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