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Dungeon Gill, Westmorland

Historical Description

Dungeon Gill, a streamlet of Westmorland, rising between the Langdale Pikes, and running 1½ mile south-eastward into Great Langdale. It traverses a chasm, and makes there a clear fall of 60 feet into a circular basin. The chasm below the fall is about 100 feet deep, and only about 9 feet wide, and is bridged there by a natural arch formed of two fragments of rock which had fallen from adjacent heights, and become jammed against each other in the descent. Coleridge calls the place a " rock dungeon," and Wordsworth says respecting it-" There is a spot which you may see, If ever you to Langdale go. Into a chasm a mighty block Hath fall'n, and makes a bridge of rock. The gulf is deep below, And in a basin, black and small, Receives a lofty waterfall."

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Westmorland is available to browse.