Plans for the famous series emerge from the meticulous pages, along with scorch marks from the writer's pipe baccy
At a price. The auctioneers' guide of £2000-3000 for the neatly bound ledger, full of notes in the neat style perfected by Wainwright (no relation to the present writer) during his time as town clerk of Kendal, was left far behind as bidding reached £8,600.
The favourite buyer, the Wainwright Society, won the day but only after rivals including a persistent phone-bidder ratcheted up the price. The society's pockets were extended by individual enthusiasts who offered funding to ensure that the notebook went to the best possible home for it: the archive devoted to the fell wanderer and writer in the council's centre
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