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pleasure grounds, interspersed with a variety of trees, and crowned with a house in the centre. For some years it was called Pocklington's Island, while it belonged to a gentleman of that name; and is sometimes by way of pre-eminence called Derwent Isle.
One, nearer the middle of the lake, is called St. Herbert's Isle, from being the residence of that holy man; who, according to the Venerable Bede, was contemporary with St. Cuthbert, and died about A.D. 687. It appears that several centuries afterwards, the anniversary of his death was, by the Bishop of the diocese, enjoined to be celebrated upon this spot in religious offices. Some remains of what is said to have been his cell are still to be seen among the trees with which the island is covered. Near thirty years ago, a small grotto or fishing cot was built by the late Sir Wilfred Lawson, of Brayton House, to whose successor the island now belongs.
There are other small islets; as, Otter Isle, situated in a bay near the head of the lake, the views from which have been much admired; a piece of rock called Tripetholm, and two others known by the name of Lingholms.
Besides these permanent islands, an occasional one is sometimes
observed, called the Floating Island: being a piece of earth,
which at uncertain intervals of time rises from the bottom to the
surface of the lake; but still adhering by its sides to the
adjacent earth, is never removed from its place.
|-- "Vicar's Isle" -- Derwent Isle|
|-- "Derwent Lake" -- Derwent Water|
|-- (floating island, Derwent Water)|
|-- "Lingholms" -- Lingholm Islands|
|-- "Otter Isle" -- Otter Island|
|-- "St Herbert's Isle" -- St Herbert's Island|
|-- "Tripetholm" -- Tripetholm|
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