SD3996 : Belle Isle

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

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Belle Isle
Belle Isle
Viewed from a Bowness to Lakeside ferry.
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.

Windermere :: SD3997

Windermere is the largest natural lake in England. It is a ribbon lake formed in a glacial trough after the retreat of ice at the end of the last ice age some 13000 years ago.

The lake is largely surrounded by foothills of the Lake District which provide pleasant low-level walks; to the north and north-east are the higher fells of central Lakeland. It has been one of the country's most popular places for holidays and summer homes since the arrival of the Kendal and Windermere Railway's branch line in 1847.

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SD3996, 205 images   (more nearby search)
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 19 June, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 16 May, 2014
Geographical Context
Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Islands 
Primary Subject of Photo
Island 
Lake (from Tags)
Windermere 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 3943 9658 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:21.6676N 2:56.0166W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 3951 9653
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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