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place:- floating island, Priest Pot
site name:- Priest Pot
parish Claife parish, once in Lancashire
county:- Cumbria
island
coordinates:- SD35789781
10Km square:- SD39

1Km square SD3597

source:- OS County Series (Lan 5)

County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.
Floating Island
date:- 1847=1851
period:- 19th century, late; 1840s; 1850s

source:- Martineau 1855

Guide book, A Complete Guide to the English Lakes, by Harriet Martineau, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Whittaker and Co, London, 1855; published 1855-71.
Page 29:-
... A round pond at the northern end of the lake [Esthwaite Water], connected with it by a narrow creek, exhibits a strange phenoemenon. It has a floating island,- not like that of Derwentwater, which is a mass of mud and vegetable tangle,- but actually bearing trees: and this island is carried by strong winds from the one side to the other. The name of the pond is Priest's Pot ...
date:- 1855
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s

descriptive text:- Ford 1839 (3rd edn 1843)

Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, et al, 1839; published 1839-52.
Page 16:-
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[Esthwaite Water] ... A small floating island also occasionally appears to astonish the beholder.
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

descriptive text:- Otley 1823 (5th edn 1834)

Guidebook, Concise Description of the English Lakes, later A Description of the English Lakes, by Jonathan Otley, published by the author, Keswick, Cumberland, by J Richardson, London, and by Arthur Foster, Kirky Lonsdale, Cumbria, 1823 onwards.
image OT01P013, button   goto source.
Page 13:-
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On a pond called Priest Pot, near the head of this lake [Esthwaite Water], there is a Floating Island 24 yards in length, and 5 or 6 in breadth; supporting several alder and willow trees of considerable size. Differing from one in Derwent lake, which rises occasionally from the bottom, this remains always upon the surface, generally resting against the shore; but when the water is high, it is frequently moved from side to side by a change of wind; and has undoubtedly been thus torn from the bank at some remote period.
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

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