Belle Isle  Westmorland


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Belle Isle like this:

BELLE ISLE, or Curwen's Isle, an island in Windermere, Westmoreland; near the centre of the lake, opposite Bowness. It measures about 1½ mile in circuit, and upwards of 30 acres in area; is all disposed in landscape garden; and contains the mansion of Henry Curwen, Esq.,-a circular four-storey edifice, with hexastyle portico, built in 1776. A baronial fortalice once stood on the site of the mansion; belonged, in the time of Charles I., to the family of Phillipson; and was garrisoned and defended, at that time, for the Crown.

Additional information about this locality is available for Windermere

Belle Isle through time

Belle Isle is now part of South Lakeland district. Click here for graphs and data of how South Lakeland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Belle Isle itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Belle Isle, in South Lakeland and Westmorland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 29th May 2022

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