Alfred Wainwright Books & Memorabilia

This website is an online resource focusing on Alfred Wainwright’s book-related publishing and printing history. The site includes contributions from well known personalities in the Wainwright world. The primary contributor is Chris Butterfield, Wainwright aficionado and archivist.


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A selection of Alfred Wainwright memorabilia and rare items

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Wainwright’s Tour in the Lake District

Whitsuntide 2021 marked the 90th Anniversary of Wainwright’s Lake District Tour 1931, also known as the ‘Grand Tour’. In the summer of 1930, Wainwright and his cousin Eric had already spent a week in the Lake District. They arrived at Windermere on the 7th June, and headed for Orrest Head. The spectacular panorama that greeted them would change the life...

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A Fourth Lakeland Sketchbook

A Fourth Lakeland Sketchbook was published October 1972. Henry Roberts, the bookshop chain in Cumbria was the first to advertise the publication of Wainwright’s new sketchbook in Cumbria magazine. The Westmorland Gazette didn’t announce it until the following issue in November. Wainwright completed the work for his A Coast to Coast Walk guide back in June, and it was being...

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A Third Lakeland Sketchbook

The 70s were now in full swing, and Wainwright was as busy as ever. Immediately after A Third Lakeland Sketchbook was published in December 1971, he began work on the next one in the series. As well as producing sketchbooks, he was finishing off his tenth guide; Walks on the Howgill Fells. Work also began on one of his biggest...

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The Drawing That Made History

The natural barrier between Thirlmere and Ullswater contains one of the finest mountains in the whole of Lakeland, Helvellyn. Its allure seems to cast a spell on every would-be Lakeland traveller. The young Alfred Wainwright was no exception, and he too fell victim to the mountain’s call… In the summer of 1930, the 23-year-old Wainwright took a week’s holiday with...

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Remembering Alfred Wainwright

A nostalgic day following in Wainwright’s footsteps, with Richard Else THWACK! Wainwright was suddenly thrown forward, almost dropping his freshly lit tobacco pipe as the vehicle came to an abrupt stop. “Oops” blurted Eric nervously, while checking to see if Wainwright was okay. “I think the tracks are broken, so we will have to navigate the rest of this bog...

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One of a Kind Guidebook

The story of a unique Wainwright Pictorial Guide I initially started collecting the Wainwright guidebooks about four years ago and it has been a fascinating voyage of discovery. I have been intrigued by all the different variations and editions, and the changes that have taken place throughout the guidebook’ printing history. My collection has now reached over two thousand books,...

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A Second Lakeland Sketchbook

A Second Lakeland Sketchbook was published in November 1970. Wainwright was well into his retirement but showed no signs of slowing down. He was working nine hours a day, seven days a week on his drawing books. Wainwright married Betty this year, who acted as his personal chauffeur for many of his book projects. Life was good. Andrew Nichol, the...

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A Lakeland Sketchbook

Wainwright retired from his role as Borough Treasurer of Kendal in 1967. He could now focus more time on his passions; walking and writing books. In some personal notes in conclusion at the rear of Wainwright’s final Lakeland guidebook, The Western Fells, he considers a possible new series of books which would highlight the very best of Lakeland in pictures....

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Scratch & Co.

The Great Cat Expedition FELINE GOOD WITH LORD OF THE LAKES By M. D. Entwistle 9 September 2021 Fifteen years ago, author and publisher, M. D. Entwistle relaunched a Wainwright illustrated title at an event quite unlike any other. In this guest blog he recollects his story of a hobby that turned into a literary odyssey. A WAINWRIGHT CONNECTION As...

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The North Western Fells

The North Western Fells was published in March 1964 and Wainwright dedicated it to: “Those unlovely twins MY RIGHT LEG and MY LEFT LEG, staunch supporters that have carried me about for over half a century, enduring much without complaint and never once let me down.” The sixth book in the series was the first without its traditional full-page advert featured...

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