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Saturday, 26 March 2005
The Island


This is a closer-up view of the island in the photograph I posted yesterday.  The structure on the island appears to be a perch with more function than its otherwise haphazard construction would suggest.

On the far sides of the lake (from where this photo was taken) are the towns of Carsington and Hopkin.  According to the Derbyshire and Peak District website it is possible that during Roman times Carsington was the town of Lutadarum, the centre of the Roman lead industry. There was lead-mining in the village into the 20th Century, and the pub in the village is called The Miners Arms.  Parish records inform us that one Sarah Tissington was born in the village in 1664 without arms, but despite this severe handicap learned to knit with her feet.  What neither the records nor tourist literature tell us is whether this birth defect could have been caused by lead poisoning.

In Old English and Old Norse, a ton or tun was a farm so we can deduce that Carsington used to be Carssen’s farm.  Many of the places around here have names of Viking origin, having been part of the Danelaw.

The path around the reservoir goes through the towns of Carsington and Hopton, and behind the ridge in the background of the above photograph.

Posted by bigblue on 26/03/2005 at 10:02 PM
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