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articles > 2012

The Wainwright Society secures Wainwright’s notebook for the Archive

The Wainwright Society is very pleased to report that a notebook, containing detailed notes for Wainwright’s first Pictorial Guide has been secured for the Cumbria Archive Centre, based in Kendal.

The notebook was offered for sale by auction at H&H Auction Rooms in Carlisle on Monday 25th June. The winning bid was secured by The Wainwright Society in partnership with a number of private sponsors, who all shared the Society’s objective to make the material available for future generations by housing it with the official Wainwright Archive in at the Cumbria Archive Centre, based in Kendal.


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The notebook is an important addition to the Archive as it could well be the first notes that Wainwright made before embarking on his 13-year project to map and describe 214 of Lakeland’s fells in his Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells.


The fells described in the notebook include Dove Crag, which was the first fell that Wainwright penned for Book 1, The Eastern Fells, in 1952. The notes are far more detailed than appeared in the actual guide and should give researchers a valuable insight into the way that Wainwright planned out his iconic Guides.

Together with the notebook, are a number of Ordnance Survey maps, annotated by Wainwright for his Pennine Way Companion, the Guide he wrote to walking The Pennine Way, published in 1968.

It is planned that a number of items from the Archive will be on display at the Society’s annual Wainwright Memorial Lecture to be held at Rheged, Penrith in November. This year’s speaker will be Alan Hinkes OBE, the first Briton to climb all the world's highest mountains over 8000m.

Derek Cockell - Press & Publicity Officer