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     BOWNESS, a hamlet to the township of Undermilbeck, in the parish of Windermere, Kendal ward, at the western extremity of the county of Westmoreland, 8 miles from Kendal, and 263 from London. It stands on a rock on the borders of Winandermere lake, and there are some considerable remains of ancient walls, fortifications, &c. Opposite to this place is situated the Great Island, so called by way of pre-eminence, being the largest island in the lake, containing upwards of thirty acres, on which has been erected an elegant circular building, commanding a most beautiful prospect: the lake is about thirteen miles long. In the parish church are some beautiful paintings on glass, which were brought from Furness abbey. The township contains 106 houses and 500 inhabitants.
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