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Peel Island, Coniston Water


Peel is one of three islands on Coniston Water and is owned by the National Trust. Peel island featured as 'Wild Cat Island' in the film adamption of Arther Ransome's 'Swallows and Amazons'. Peel Island also featured in William G. Collingwood's novel 'Thorstein of the Mere, A Saga of the Northmen in Lakeland'. Ransome had first met the Colligwoods when he was a child, on a family picnic on Peel Island, he also learned to sail in Collingwood's boat which was named 'Swallow'. 

Peel Island (formerly known as Montague Island or the Gridiron) is one of the three islands of Coniston Water in the English Lake District, Cumbria. The two others are Fir Island (which is connected to the shore unless the water is particularly high) and Oak Island. It is most famous for being one of the inspirations for Arthur Ransome's Wild Cat Island. Today, it is a popular tourist destination, and belongs to the National Trust.

History

Peel Island has belonged to the National Trust since it was given to them by John Montagu-Douglas-Scott, 7th Duke of Buccleuch, along with of woodland, in 1932.

Wild Cat Island

Peel Island is considered to be one of the origins of the fictional Wild Cat Island in the 1930 book Swallows and Amazons and its sequels, by Arthur Ransome. Taqui Altounyan, sister of Roger Altounyan and inspiration for one of the characters in Swallows and Amazons, described Peel Island in her semi-biographical novel In Aleppo Once as "like a green tuffet, sitting in the water, the trees covering the rocks". The island also features in W. G. Collingwood's novel Thorstein of the Mere, A Saga of the Northmen in Lakeland. Ransome, at the age of eight, first met the Collingwoods at a family picnic on Peel Island: a chance meeting that would prove to have important consequences in Ransome's later life, with Collingwood's grandchildren providing a model for significant characters in Swallows and Amazons.

Accident

In 1967, Donald Campbell died near Peel Island while trying to set a world water speed record with a speed in excess of 300 miles per hour (480 km/h).

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View towards Peet Island from the east shore of Coniston Water:

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- ...Peel Island on Coniston Water is known for starring as Wild Cat Island in the film adaptation of Arther Ransome's 'Swallows and Amazons' book as you may be familiar ...

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Peel Island on Coniston Water

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The secret harbour, Peel Island

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On Peel Island

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Peel Island ("Wild Cat Island")

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Peel Island AKA Wildcat Island

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South-western end of Peel Island, Coniston Water

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The rocks at the secret harbour of Wild Cat Island, Peel Island

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W. G. Collingwood (1854 - 1932)
- William Gershom Collingwood (1854 -1932) was an artist and author. For many years Colligwood worked closely with John Ruskin. In 1901, after Ruskin's death, Collingwood sculpted the ornate Celtic style ...

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