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Cumberland and Westmoreland

Cumberland and Westmoreland are the counties comprising England's Lake District, at the point of Frankenstein's publication famous for having been the site of a school of distinguished poets, foremost among whom was Wordsworth, who settled at Dove Cottage in Grasmere in 1799. When he transferred a few miles south to the more commodious Rydal Mount a decade after, Thomas DeQuincey moved in to Dove Cottage. In this day the Lake District, as celebrated as it was for its unspoiled natural beauty, was probably the remotest area of England.