The hotels at Waterhead were also to start to change. Mr Jackson had been at the Regent for a long time and used the land adjoining as a car park He built a house in Mclver Lane and retired. By this time tourism was experiencing a big change with the demand for private facilities so the hotels were having to update their image. Mr Jackson sold to the Hewitt family the car park was developed into a time share complex another new idea that was taking off.
The Wateredge had belonged to the Tyson family for many years but when Jim inherited he sold out and once again the hotel has changed beyond recognition and not for the better. I suppose that it is now all about huge profits and history has to be sacrificed.
The field next to the Waterhead hotel became a car park, I am not sure if it had originally belonged to the hotel or whether they had rented it, but it now became a National Park car park There is no doubt that the rapid increase in car ownership after the war has been responsible for a lot of changes I our village and I suppose everywhere else. The last big change at Waterhead came late in the 80's when the Romney hotel was sold. Originally it was the Grange, an attractive and gracious house, In the 30's Mr Bland bought it and wrought horrific changes to the exterior. The pitched roof was amoved and another floor added with a flat roof. The walls were roughcast and painted in a raw cream colour. It was nothing short of criminal it would not have been allowed today were there no strict planning laws then? When Mr Bland died he left the hotel to two sisters who had worked for him, Joyce Boow and Doris Nevinson. The hotel remained stuck in a 30's time warp with few interior alterations it could not have survived much longer without a major re fit, they had even retained the tea lounge complete with original Lloyd loom chairs and tables It was of course sold to developers bulldozers moved in and the complete building was demolished in a quarter of an hour. Soon a huge luxury apartment block was built to become Romney Grange. Doris moved into a house she owned in Compston St and Joyce and her husband stayed at Waterhead in a house they had built for their retirement in the grounds of the hotel.
In Ambleside itself there were many more changes. Taking the low road from Waterhead the old footpath which crossed the fields and had the kissing gates at either end and in the middle was now sacrificed to the traffic and a new road was cut right through effectively leaving Rothay Manor on an island. Loughrigg Avenue was extended to first of all Loughrigg Meadows which covered the marshy land here I used to go to gather marsh marigolds and meadow flowers when I lived at Thistle Villa when I used to cut across the waste land down Wansfell Rd always known to us as Red Bottoms, where Old "Giblet" Jackson used to wave a stick at me and tell me to come back, he was not fit enough to chase me. Now all that road is lined with houses and only people of my age will remember what it was like. After Loughrigg Meadow came Loughrigg Park when even more meadows were swallowed up and the development brought the houses down to the new road. I am sure in the future more of the fields on the low road will be swallowed up by development.
After Greenbank Estate more council estates were built. High Greenbank and Castle Field extending from the top of the existing estate up to Nook Lane.The Parsons family left the farm and some of the land became Kirkfield Estate, the laundry and bobbin mill became redundantand the Horrax's developed their land for houses and holiday cottages building right up to Edinboro.
The land on Low Gale was sold to a group of young Ambleside men all of whom had done National Service and all who had special skills i.e. architect, builder, plumber, joiner etc and they built houses for themselves. Later the land opposite which had been allotments went to developers who created a hideous time share complex, this is an eyesore, no one knows how they were able to gain permission to inflict this on the village, it is certainly no improvement.