The photographs in this gallery are part of the Lilian Douglas collection of images taken in the Lake District taken between the 1920s and 1960s. Whitehaven-based Lilian Douglas (1895 - 1989) was a life member of the Royal Photographic Society and although an amateur photographer, won many awards for her work. Lilian's passion for the Lake District landscape can be seen in this striking collection of images; also evident is her interest in farming practises as they changed after the war from traditional practises to the mechanical age. Her photographs provide a fascinating snapshot into the landscape of the past and the transformations that have taken place.
Lilian's son, Peter Douglas, who also contributed his memories to the High Fell project, often accompanied his mother on her photographic excursions. He says Ennerdale, Wastewater, Loweswater, Crummock and Buttermere were some of Lilian’s favourite places.
“We had an old 1936 Morris Eight, and we used to go out to places like down to Ennerdale, near to the Anglers Hotel; it was quite a steep hill, it wasn’t tarmac and my mother and I had to get out half way up because there wasn’t enough energy in the car to get to the top with us in.... The Anglers Hotel was very nice, and there were all the fir trees roundabout; of course the hotel was pulled down, probably in the early 1960s to allow them to raise the level of Ennerdale water, but that never took place in the end. But the hotel went, which was a shame.... where the hotel was there is just an overgrown piece of concrete and the car park.”