1948 – 2010
These days more ivy, less chickens.
For the face of the ‘old Inn’ little has changed in 60 years.
Differences in permanent features are subtle: the raking gable coping is now gone, removed when the ancient drooping slate roof was replaced in the 80’s. The posts supporting the veranda are now propped on rendered block plinths and Kirkstone slate tablets, no doubt to fight the rising decay. A clay pot has been added to the farthest stack, in use today, whereas the terrace of pitched slate cowls, although still present, are now home to a train of jackdaws.
Thankfully the dark iron hanging bracket remains, although rarely seen holding a sign in old photographs.
Over the road the larch row is arguably no taller but now more impressive in mass, some trees have jettisoned heavy limbs over the wall. The iron railings have sadly gone, replaced, in the interest of neighbouring stock, by post and wire fencing.
I’m pleased to say that a chicken these days, found on this part of the junction, would have a similarly good chance of survival as her ancestor in the 40’s when cars were few. Motorists on the Outgate road are generally considerate. Traffic passing from Ambleside to Coniston is a little more hasty.
1948 photo courtesy of KD