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'advantage, for, on every side, mountains close the prospects, and form an amphitheatre almost matchless.
'The isles that decorate this water are finely disposed, and very distinct, rise with gentle and regular curvatures above the surface, consist of verdant turf, or are planted with various trees. The principal is Lord's-island, above five acres, where the Ratcliff family had some time its residence, and, from this lake, took the title of Derwent-water.
'St. Herbert's-isle was noted for the residence of that saint, the bosom friend of St. Cuthbert, who wished, and obtained his desire of departing this life on the same day, hour, and minute, with that holy man .
'The water of Derwent-water is subject to violent agitations, and often without any apparent cause, as was the case this day; the weather was calm, yet the waves ran a great height, and the boat was tossed violently, with what is called bottom wind.'
In the register of Bishop Appleby, in the year 1374, there is an
indulgence of forty days to every of the inhabitants of the
parish of Crosthwaite, that should attend the vicar of St.
Herbert's-island on the 13th of April, yearly, and there to
celebrate mass in memory of St. Herbert.
Nicholson's Cumberland, page 86.
|-- Derwent Water|
|-- "Lords Island" -- Lord's Island|
|-- St Herbert's Island|
|-- station, Derwent Water by boat|
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