SD3996 : Windermere, Belle Isle

taken 8 years ago, near to Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, Great Britain

Windermere, Belle Isle
Windermere, Belle Isle
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, 24 May, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 31 May, 2014
Geographical Context
Lakes, Wetland, Bog  Islands  Woodland, Forest 
Lake (from Tags)
Windermere 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DMC-G3 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 391 961 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:21.4496N 2:56.3164W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 393 960
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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