Ullswater from Glenridding Steamer Pier Cumbria
The name “Ullswater” may derive from its original name “Ulfr’s Water” after a Viking Lord and has been known as “Ulpha’s Lake” and “Ulleswater” previously. Alternatively “Ulf “ is the Scandinavian word for wool, it is said that the Danes used the lake to clean their fleeces and that its origin may derive from this or could it be from the Norse God Ullr. Take your pick.
Glenridding was once one of the most important mining villages in Britain until its closure on the 31st of January 1962. Galena was the chief ore mined at Greenside Lead Mine, it had an exceptionally high silver content around 15-30 ounces per ton of ore. The chalice in the St Patricks Church, Patterdale is made from Glenridding silver.
Donald Campbell broke the world speed record on Ullswater on the 23rd July 1955 in the Jet powered Bluebird K7. The measured mile on a trial run was 215.08 mph and 189.57 mph on the return setting the new world record at an average speed of 202.32 mph.
During WW2, Ullswater was used to test mini-subs, naval craft and flying boats.