button to main menu   Ford's Description of the Lakes, 1839/1843

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is now held by the Duchy of Lancaster, by patent, and the Carter receives twenty pounds per annum, besides what trifling remuneration people choose to give towards the encouragement of welcome civility. The views in crossing are very extensive: the principal and most interesting feature is the Sands themselves, bounded by the low promontories and sloping shores that are enlivened by villages, backed in the distance by the Cumberland and Westmorland mountains. Mr. Stephenson proposes in his line of Railway, intended to connect Preston with Carlisle and Glasgow, to carry an embankment across these Sands, by which project an immense quantity of land would also be acquired.

  Holy Well
Is a small market-town, situated on the peninsula formed by the Kent and Leven rivers. The most interesting object, as is usually the case in all our small towns and villages, is the church, dedicated to St. Mary, an ancient and handsome structure, formerly a priory, and containing several fine monuments. The town is chiefly supported by its mineral spring, called Holy Well, three miles south of the town, celebrated as a remedy for stone, gout, and cutaneous complaints. The water flows from a projecting rock of limestone, called Humphrey Head, and its healing qualities cause a considerable influx of visitors from the neighbouring places.
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