CHAPEL HILL AND NORTH ROAD

We always called the old house on Chapel Hill the Manor House, but it was of course several houses and was known as Howe Head and now incorporates Dwarf HalL Much of Ambleside's history was swept away without many accurate records being kept. No one knows the exact position of Ahibleside Hall, and although it certainly existed, it most likely stood between North Road and the present Rydal Rd. In the days of the old hall Rydal Rd did not exist, the track to Grasmere was to the east and the grounds of the hall would have covered all that area. Although no one can be absolutely certain of the origin of the Old Bridge House, the popular belief is that it was a building in the grounds of the hall and beyond was the mill. Mill Cottage and later Millans Park are on the area known as the Mill lands.

North Rd has an old house, Cherry Tree Cottage on the right and the old Unicorn pub on the left, the rest of the houses are more recent. Newell's Yard is on the left behind the Golden Rule Hotel another very old building. The front of the hotel faces onto Smithy Brow, most of these houses are old but the smithy together with all the other smithies in the village has long gone. Once there was a bridge across Newell's Yard this too has gone, it used to join the two properties of Newell's joinery shops. The little street connecting North Road and Rydal Road is now known as Bridge Street but will always be known as Rattle Ghyll to the old local people,and when we were children it was more often referred to as Bug Alley, a reference to the tramp lodging house which was near the North Rd approach. Why it was called Rattle Ghyll I don't know, probably from the noise of the worker's clogs as they ran down from the mills clattering through the little entry, or maybe from the noise of the water in the beck.I think Rattle Ghyll has much more character than Bridge Street.