Despite the fact that the National Trust probably owns more houses in the north-west of England than in any other part of the country, these have, with very few exceptions (Derwent Island, Hill Top, Sizergh Castle, Townend), come to the Trust devoid of contents, including the recently opened Allan Bank in Grasmere, where William Wordsworth once lived. This is because the motive for their donation or acquisition was to preserve their own picturesque character, or that of their setting, rather than because any of them contained works of art or other contents, so they are mostly let. Yet they have occasionally come with just a picture or two, whilst the Trust has also received the odd legacy of paintings that have no connection with any of its properties (and that it would therefore not be appropriate to put in any of them) but which serve to enhance the former private house that serves as offices for the Cumbrian and Lancastrian parts of the North West Region: The Hollens, in Grasmere. In addition, also in Grasmere, there is a painting in the Village Hall that belongs to the National Trust. It is of the rushbearing celebrations that are meant to take place on St Oswald’s Day (5th August). The Hall is normally shut up, but is opened for all to see on the day on which rushbearing takes place. Most of the paintings in the Lake District properties are not normally on view and access to them is variable.
National Trust, The Lake District
Lake District Consultancy Hub, The Hollens, Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9QZ England
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