SD3996 : Islands in the lake, Windermere

taken 9 years ago, near to Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, Great Britain

Islands in the lake, Windermere
Islands in the lake, Windermere
A zoom shot of Belle Isle and several smaller islands in the middle section of Windermere off Bowness. Taken from the lower slopes of Wansfell Pike about 6km to the north.
Belle Isle, Windermere

Belle Isle is the largest of 18 islands on Windermere and the only one ever to have been inhabited.

The Roman governor at Ambleside built a villa on the island. In 1250 it was the seat of the district's Lord of the Manor and it was also a Royalist stronghold during the English Civil War.

It was formerly known as Longholm, before its renaming in 1774 when an unusual circular building, Belle Isle House, was erected on the island, which was sold along with the island to the wealthy Curwen family who renamed the island after their daughter, Isabella who bought the island in 1781. The descendants of Isabella and her husband John Christian Curwen lived on the island until 1993.

The island remains privately owned.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 16 November, 2013   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 16 November, 2013
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Islands 
Lake (from Tags)
Windermere 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 393 967 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:21.7481N 2:56.0739W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 400 026
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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Lake Island  Walker  Fells  Silhouette 

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