John Wyatt

First name/s: John
Last name: Wyatt
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Date of birth: 16/01/1925
Year of birth: 1925

Life before Ruskin

Date and place of birth: Born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Cheshire

Family: 2nd son of Charlie Wyatt a cotton mill overlooker and Grace (nee Parker) a Canadian of Scottish descent

Work: After leaving school at 15, took his first job as a copy boy in the Manchester Office of the Daily Telegraph, then forestry worker and campsite warden at Great Tower, Windermere. Then four-and-a-half years service as a naval telegraphist on corvettes during the Second World War, returning to Ashton-under-Lyne as a sub-postmaster.

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Trade Union membership (at time of entry to Ruskin)

Life at Ruskin

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Subjects studied at Ruskin: Correspondence writing course through Ruskin College, Oxford.



Life after Ruskin


Work: 1961 appointed first warden in the Lake District National Park, later its Chief Ranger for 25 years.

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Family: Wife Ann, children Martin and June and two grandchildren

Place & date of death:19 March 2006

Date of death: 19/03/2006
Year of death: 2006

Achievements / Publications

1986 made an MBE

Published Books/Guides:

1973The Shining Levels: The story of a man who went back to nature

1983 The Lake District Discovery Guide

1987 The Lake District National Parks Guide

1988 National Parks of England and Wales Visitor Guide

2004 Cumbria: The Lake District and its County


The Bliss of Solitude, Reflections of the lakes, Ever Wants

Material in archives or already published articles

Obituary – John Wyatt, Lakeland ranger at home in the country but not on committees.
Written by Roly Smith, The Guardian Tuesday, 9th May 2006

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also Roly Smith wrote an article in The Westmorland Gazette published 4th June 2006


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Denise Pakeman

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