The Scenery and Poetry of the English Lakes; A Summer Ramble

The Scenery and Poetry of the English Lakes; A Summer Ramble

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...flowing through a fertile valley from Ennerdale Water, seven miles distant. The castle, which seems to have been the parent of the small town that has clustered around it, was built in the twelfth century, and was evidently a strong and commanding fortress, though not of very great extent. There are at present but little remains of it, but those remains are picturesque, and combine well in the landscape with the quiet little town which they surmount among the foliage, and with the clear stream and the over-arching bridge. On a common adjoining the town are the remnants of two Druidical circles, and several tumuli, or barrows. The smallest circle is composed of loose stones, and is about forty yards in circumference; the other is composed of ten large stones, and encloses an area of nearly twenty paces in diameter. From Egremont to St. Bees is a pleasant walk of four miles. The latter town, or rather village, reaches down the side of a ridge, into a deep narrow vale, and is chiefly, or only remarkable for the ruins of its abbey. St. Bees is so called from Bega, an Irish lady, contemporary of the famous St. Columba, She was canonized in the seventh century, and founded here, in the year 650, a small monastery. Several years afterwards a church was erected in connection with it, and a small town gradually grew around them both. The monastery was destroyed by the Danes, and lay for some time in ruins, but was restored by William dc Malines, believed to be the same who built Calder Abbey, in the twelfth century. After the dissolution of the monasteries a free-school was founded from its revenues by Archbishop Grindall, from which the counties of Westmoreland and Cumberland have derived great benefit. Recently, under the patronage of the late Earl of...show more

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  • Paperback | 68 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236519396
  • 9781236519399