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Page 151:-
[Der]went-water, probably raised on the ruins of the Roman fortress: but after the heiress of that family was married to Ratcliff's, the family seat was removed into Northumberland, and the castle went to ruins; and with the stones thereof the Ratcliff's built a house of pleasure in one of the islands in Derwent-water [1]. The name Castle-hill, being more ancient than the last erection, is still retained. At Ambleside, when I enquired for the Roman station, a few years ago, no person could inform me of it, till one considering my description, answered, it is the castle. The station at Plumpton is called by the same name; and at Kendal, the castellum that overlooks the station, is also called the Castle-steads. So here the Castle-hill was probably the place of the summer station; but being a fruitful tract, and much ploughed, I have not been able to trace any appearance of a foss, or vallum, and therefore the whole must rest upon the necessity, or at least on the expediency, of a station here.- Since the above was written, an urn, with other remains, were turned up by the plough, in a field below the town, and said to be Roman.

Those that do not choose to go as far as Penrith, may, near the eighth mile-post,
[1] Nicholson's History of Cumberland, page 86.
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