Wasdale, the vale of Wast Water, in Cumberland, extending 7½ miles south-westward from the foot of Styhead Pass to a point 5 miles NE of Ravenglass. It forms a bare, gloomy, profound mountain trough, engirt by Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Lingmell, and the Screes, and as seen from Scafell or Scawfell is called by Wordsworth " a den," yet though the wildest of all the Cumberland lake basins it is the grandest. Wast Water occupies much of its bottom; is 3 miles long, and almost everywhere about half a mile broad; has a surface elevation of 160 feet above sea-level; is very deep, and contains plenty of trout and a few char.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Poor Law union||Whitehaven|
|Ward||Allerdale above Derwent|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Wasdale from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Wasdale, or Nether Wasdale)
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Cumberland is available to browse.