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Page 16:-
round-topped verdant elevations, give a softness and beauty to this part of the lake scenery that can scarcely be excelled. The town is of great antiquity, and several of the houses are old, singular, artist-like subjects. The Old Hall of the abbots of Furness is now a farm-house. The market-place is pretty spacious, and has a neat town-house erected a few years ago. The church, dedicated to Saint Michael, appears to be of an early age, and stands upon an eminence commanding a prospect of the lake and valley. The Grammar-school, founded by Archbishop Sandys, has produced many eminent scholars.

  Esthwaite Water
Is about two miles in length, and half a mile across. It is encompassed by an excellent carriage road, and from its unequal figure and enclosures - its two peninsulas fringed with trees, shooting into the lake - form exceeding good scenery. Perch, pike, eels, and trout, are the fish taken in its waters. A small floating island also occasionally appears to astonish the beholder.
In passing round the lake, there are three remote but distinct distances, which add grandeur to the placid lake, and its surrounding open valley and gently swelling eminences - the Langdale Pikes, the Fells of Grasmere, Rydal, Ambleside, and Gunner's How.
Some think the most advantageous point of view in which this water appears, is to the traveller
gazetteer links
button -- "Esthwaite Water" -- Esthwaite Water
button -- (floating island, Priest Pot)
button -- "Grammar School, The" -- Hawkshead Grammar School
button -- "Hawkshead" -- Hawkshead
button -- St Michael and All Angels Church
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