button to main menu   West's Guide to the Lakes, 1778/1821

button title page
button previous page button next page
Page 115:-
'advantage, for, on every side, mountains close the prospects, and form an amphitheatre almost matchless.
'The isles that decorate this water are finely disposed, and very distinct, rise with gentle and regular curvatures above the surface, consist of verdant turf, or are planted with various trees. The principal is Lord's-island, above five acres, where the Ratcliff family had some time its residence, and, from this lake, took the title of Derwent-water.
'St. Herbert's-isle was noted for the residence of that saint, the bosom friend of St. Cuthbert, who wished, and obtained his desire of departing this life on the same day, hour, and minute, with that holy man [1].
'The water of Derwent-water is subject to violent agitations, and often without any apparent cause, as was the case this day; the weather was calm, yet the waves ran a great height, and the boat was tossed violently, with what is called bottom wind.'
[1] In the register of Bishop Appleby, in the year 1374, there is an indulgence of forty days to every of the inhabitants of the parish of Crosthwaite, that should attend the vicar of St. Herbert's-island on the 13th of April, yearly, and there to celebrate mass in memory of St. Herbert.
Nicholson's Cumberland, page 86.
button next page
gazetteer links
button -- Derwent Water
button -- "Lords Island" -- Lord's Island
button -- St Herbert's Island
button -- station, Derwent Water by boat

button to main menu Lakes Guides menu.