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Peel Island, Coniston Water
Peel Island
Montague Island
Montagu Island
Gridiron Island
site name:-   Coniston Water
civil parish:-   Colton (formerly Lancashire)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   island
coordinates:-   SD29519190
1Km square:-   SD2991
10Km square:-   SD29

evidence:-   descriptive text:- West 1778 (11th edn 1821) 
source data:-   Guide book, A Guide to the Lakes, by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Cumbria once Westmorland, and in London, 1778 to 1821.
image WS21P050, button  goto source
Page 50:-  "... [from station, Coniston 1] Just at your feet lies the oblong rocky isle of Peel; and near it the dark points of half-immersed rocks just show themselves by turns. ..."

evidence:-   old map:- Crosthwaite 1783-94 (Con) 
placename:-  Peel Island
source data:-   Map, uncoloured engraving, An Accurate Map of Coniston Lake, scale about 3 inches to 1 mile, by Peter Crosthwaite, Keswick, Cumberland, 1788, version published 1809.
"Peel Island the D. of Montague's"
item:-  JandMN : 182.5
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evidence:-   old map:- West 1784 map
source data:-   Map, hand coloured engraving, A Map of the Lakes in Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, engraved by Paas, 53 Holborn, London, about 1784.
In Coniston Water. 
item:-  Armitt Library : A1221.1
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evidence:-   old map:- Ford 1839 map
placename:-  Pool Island
source data:-   Map, uncoloured engraving, Map of the Lake District of Cumberland, Westmoreland and Lancashire, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, published by Charles Thurnam, Carlisle, and by R Groombridge, 5 Paternoster Row, London, 3rd edn 1843.
"Pool Id."
item:-  JandMN : 100.1
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A band of outlaws from Yorkshire, led by Adam be Beaumont, used the island as their base, 1346-63.
Earlier named Montague Island, after the Lord of the Manor.
This is Wildcat Island in the Swallows and Amazons stories of Arthur Ransome.
Thornstein of the Mere in the writings of W G Collingwood, lived here.

Location of the Secret Harbour of Arthur Ransome.

site of an earthwork

Perriam, D R &Robinson, J: 1998: Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria: CWAAS:: ISBN 1 873124 23 6

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