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  Giant's Caves

Giant's Caves, Langwathby

Jan. 12.
IN vol.LXI. p.990, I read remarks on a cavern near Penrith, vulgarly called The Giant's Cave. Led to visit that place some years ago, I was surprized that so little could be learned of its antient inhabitants, if ever more than one took up residence there; but do not hesitate to determine it was the habitation of some hermit. The recess cut in the rock to receive the mattress is yet perfect; and the marks of gratings and bolt-holes, with some remains of masonry, shew that the retreat has been well secured. The situation is romantic, and well adapted to religious severities: it is also adjacent to the church of St. Ninian. I have met with no records that give light to the subject: indeed, few hermitages have left such evidences as that of St. Godric, at Frichale, in the county of Durham. Even the famous hermitage of Warkworth, in Northumberland, has left little but tradition, though the beauty of the design, and
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