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mbleside’s history goes back at least to the Romans, the Vikings (who gave us our local place names) and to Charles Dickens who had this to say in Household Words: “Round Ambleside you will indeed find hills and waterfalls – decked with greasy sandwich papers and porter bottles, and the hills echo with the whistles of the Windermere steamers . Touts pester you in the streets and in the hotel coffee room you overhear a gentleman ask angrily “Why don`t they build an `ut on `elvellyn – they`ve got one on Snowdon.”. brass bands play under your hotel windows, char-a-bancs, wagonettes and breaks of all colours rattle about with cargoes of tourists who have been `doing` some favourite round.alava had road links to Hardknott fort in Eskdale and thence to the major Roman port at Ravenglass on the west coast.From Galava a road also ran northwards, via Troutbeck and over the fell known as High Street, towards the farthest outpost of the Empire, Hadrian’s Romans were here until the gradual decline of their Empire.From the remains of the axe factory high among the Langdale Pikes, dating from 4000 BC, it is clear that stone tool manufacture was a major industry with a thriving export market, tools from Langdale having been found at sites throughout Britain and Ireland.The axes produced were highly efficient, suitable for tree felling and killing animals.echniques of agriculture and stock raising developed as communities, increasingly based on single industrial locations, grew and population rose.It was in fact highly industrialised, involved heavily in the production of charcoal, used in smelting the iron ore of Furness and west Cumbria, then timber for the production of bobbins for the textile industry.It adopted water power at an early stage and later developed machine tool manufacture.
The territory which includes Ambleside came under the control of Furness Abbey, near modern Barrow-in-Furness, and gradually under skilled management large scale industrial expansion took place alongside the introduction of hardy sheep to the Lakeland fells, these being the only stock able to survive on the higher ground.
Some time between 300 and 400 AD they left England, though by that time only high ranking military staff and administrators would have been native Romans.
What was left behind and what ensued when the rule of Rome collapsed we can only imagine.
Gradually they integrated with the indigenous population.
To what extent their brutal invasion methods initially affected local people here is not known.