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Townend

A yeoman farmhouse dating from the 17th century, Townend is a good example of the vernacular architecture of the Lake District. Its lime washed walls and slate roof provided a home for generations of the Brownes, a family of well-to-do sheep farmers who lived here for more than 400 years. The house has three squat cylindrical chimneys and oak mullioned windows. Inside, there is carved woodwork from the 17th – 19th centuries, a 19th-century cast iron range and a Gothic Revival chimneypiece. That the house and its contents – which include an impressive range of heavy oak furniture – were preserved was largely due to the efforts of the last George Browne (1834 - 1914), an antiquary and woodcarver.

Visitor Information

Address:
Troutbeck,
Windermere,
Cumbria,
England,
LA23 1LB

Telephone: 015394 32628

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/townend

Accredited Museum

Townend, Troutbeck, Cumbria (Accredited Museum)

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A collection of carved oak furniture (including a good example of a traditional Westmorland carved chair dated 1742); and Browne family drawings and photographs. Also a remarkable and unique collection of books (1331 titles) belonging to a family of yeoman farmers, with its origins ca. 1600. The majority of the books listed in an inventory of 1748 are still present. Rich in human interest, with many annotated books, the library also contains a considerable number of early books not known in any other collection, including over 70 otherwise unknown to the English Short Title Catalogue, and a collection of Cumbrian and other chap books.

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