Article by Joan
Ambleside has seen many changes over the years from being a very small village in the early 1700's and early 1800's. Its first major change came when the new church of St Mary was built in 1854. It was then that that the new stone houses appeared closer to the new church extending the village to the south. The previous centre had been round the chapel of St Anne now turned into houses on the Kirkstone Rd. In the old churchyard are the graves of old Ambleside families including John Kelsick whose money has helped generations of young people in the village.
In the late 1800,s the tourists first discovered the Lakes and the larger houses started to cater for annual summer visitors.
In spite of all these changes of which I am certainly not in favour, this is my home where I was born and brought up and have lived all my life, I love it and would not want to live anywhere else.