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Page 17:-

Derwent Water
Near Keswick, is of the most agreeable proportions. In breadth it exceeds any of the neighbouring lakes, being nearly a mile and a half; although its whole length is little more than three miles. Lakes of greater length generally extend too far from that mountain scenery, which is so conducive to their importance; but Derwent Lake appears entirely encircled; and visiters (sic) are at a loss which to admire most, the broken rocky mountains of Borrowdale on the one hand, or the smooth flowing lines of Newlands on the other; while the majestic Skiddaw closes up the view to the north.

The islands are of a more proportionate size, and disposed at better distances, than those in any of the neighbouring lakes. The largest, called Lord's Isle, contains about six acres and a half, and is covered with stately trees, forming a fine rookery. It is situated near the shore, on which account, probably, it was selected for the residence of the family of Derwentwater; but the house has long been in ruins, and nothing now remains but the foundation. This, and the smaller island called Rampsholm, form part of the late Earl of Derwentwater's sequestrated estate, which has been purchased from Greenwich Hospital in 1832, by John Marshall, Esq. of Leeds.
The Vicar's Isle, belonging to General Peachy, contains about six acres, beautifully laid out in
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button -- "Lord's Isle" -- Lord's Island
button -- "Rampsholm" -- Rampsholme Island
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