Grid Reference: NY 482 227
Creating the Roman Seat
Local farmers William and James Coulston, along with daughter Lucy, meet George Allonby and David Buchanan, who are to build the seat. The stone from Janet and Alan’s garden is selected by George and David, loaded, then transported up to the seat site by the Coulstons.
25th April a.m.
As the official launch of the Ullswater Way takes place, work on the seat begins. After the speeches at the top of Roehead Lane, several people walk up to meet George and are rewarded by seeing the first course of stones being laid.
25th April p.m.
At the end of the day the strength and solidity of the seat is apparent as it sits quietly beneath the main track close to High Street, the old Roman Road.
April brings hail showers and sunshine. Alan watches as George and David show their skill and experience as the back of the seat is begun.
At 3pm the last slab is laid. George and David just have time to try out the seat, tidy up and head down the fell before heavy snow almost causes a whiteout. The Roman Seat spends its first night hunkered down in a white blanket – the weather god has been kind and the seat is completed
A majestic seat, built to last and maybe become part of the history of the area. Most importantly, a seat that blends in with its surroundings, and offers comfort and shelter on both sunny and stormy days.