Welcome to this site devoted to Moses Bowness
As you explore these pages you will see different aspects of this remarkable man who lived through most of the reign of Queen Victoria and whose life touched on many of the changes throughout it. From time to time a few other connections pertaining to his activities will be included.
He lived, in his own words, ‘all my life in this area’. That is, the area now known as Cumbria, which then included Lancashire-North-of-the-Sands & Westmorland.
He was unusual to our way of thinking these days in that he was both ardent Developer and Conservationist, and noteworthy in the way he combined the best of both. His developing was for local business, not the destruction of traditional ways of life for self-gain - real jobs – not just shelf-filling, and with transport for the benefit of the farmers as well as the tourists rather than for any tax which might be reaped from it. The two things were not in conflict. His conservation was for preservation of the beauties of the Lake District for everyone to enjoy freely, and, perhaps unrealised by him, the conservation of the looks and dress of its inhabitants and visitors.
Life must not always have been easy for him in achieving this combination, but he seems to have made his path through whatever came his way, and with enterprise and hard work, made his mark on our lovely county. His obituary says that “Through all the vicissitudes of life he had never been known to utter a harsh word.”
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