The Fish Inn


Quality Accommodation, Food and Beer in Buttermere, Lake District

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The marriage of the celebrated local beauty to the brother of an earl (as he claimed) was widely reported, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote in the London Morning Post of "The romantic marriage". Hatfield was exposed as an impostor, bigamist and forger, was arrested, escaped, was captured in South Wales, and was tried at Carlisle for forgery and hanged in 1803. Mary's story captured the public imagination, and subscriptions were raised on her behalf. She married a local farmer Richard Harrison in 1807 and had four children. Her death was mentioned in the Annual Register and she is buried in the churchyard at St Kentigern's Church at Caldbeck.

Mary Robinson (1778–1837) was known as "The Maid of Buttermere", is the subject of Melvyn Bragg's novel of that name, and is mentioned in William Wordsworth's Prelude. She was a shepherdess and the daughter of the landlord of the Fish Inn in the village of Buttermere in England's Lake District. She was married bigamously in 1802 to John Hatfield (c.1758–1803), who presented himself as "Colonel Hope".

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The Inn is a comfortable, informal and ideally situated place to spend your stay in the Lake District.

Situated in one of Lakeland’s most beautiful valleys just five minutes walk from Buttermere and Crummock Water at the foot of Honister Pass.

The Inn is full of charm and character and has historic importance as the home of Mary Robinson (The Maid of Buttermere).

We look forward to the pleasure of your company and assure you of a warm welcome.

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