Rose Castle

Our home for the weekend. First documented in 1789-91 when William Bowe “slate getter of Rose Castle” registered the birth of his son, William, and daughter Ann in the parish register of Hawkshead. A getter was a quarryman and William would have worked in the nearby small slate quarry producing flagstones for flooring. The late Joe Scott, a history teacher at Glossop Grammar School whose family leased the cottage 1930-2001, records the local legend that it had been built by a family called Castlehow, notorious robbers who kept their plunder there. The story goes that the Hawkshead constable tried to arrest Frank Castlehow who fled and was chased down into Yewdale, over Tilberthwaite and up Little Langdale to Wrynose Bottom. When he was finally caught it turned out that it was not Frank Castlehow but his sister, presumably in disguise.
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