When the Lake Counties included Cumberland, Westmorland and part of Lancashire there was none of today’s parochialism and narrow mindedness about what constituted the Lake District. It was all the Lake District.
One of the largest coastal freshwater tarns was Sellafield Tarn, it would have been home to countless diverse species that would have been common on the West Coast such as the Natterjack Toad.
Remnants of the old Sellafield Tarn can still be seen with the now contaminated marshy ground and bulrushes bravely growing in the shadow of the Windscale Chimney. Following the Windscale fire it was necessary to rename the nuclear factory, to disassociate from the images of milk being poured away down drains and government lies. Sellafield Tarn had been long forgotten about and trashed by the atomic bomb factory …so the new name for the worlds first bomb factory now producing a little bit of electricity…became…..Sellafield. Sellafield stopped producing electricity in 2003 and now abstracts 4 million gallons of water a day to cool the wastes, provide power showers and carry out insane reprocessing. The coolest freshest water for Sellafield comes from Britains Favourite View -Wastwater.
On some of the old maps there is a Tarn Cottage near Sellafield Tarn – I wonder if this Sellafield Tarn cottage? It is long since derelict, bought out by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and opposite NuGENs portacabins. It is now overlooked by the Windscale chimney when once it must have overlooked Sellafield Tarn.