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The footbridge at the east end of the former lake.

The header picture is the bridge as it is today over the area which used to be the eastern leg of the lake, marked (B) on the Lake Plan, Click here for a larger plan of the lake. A small tributory feeds down to the Cock Beck and was broadened to add to the size of the lake.

Key Plan of the Former Lake

Fragments of porcelain were discovered on route to the site of the lake, on this roadway, subsequent visits following heavy rainfall have uncovered further pieces. A larger version of this image can be viewed here. Following the discovery a trip was made to Lotherton Hall to view the collection of Gascoigne porcelain held there, interestingly whilst the pattern on the fragments is clearly traditional Blue and White and not a bespoke design, the porcelain itself appears to be almost identical to that which comprises the Chinese armorial service acquired by Sir Thomas Gascoigne in the 1770's. The gold edging and indents on the perimeter are a direct match for some of the pieces in the collection. Could it have been broken on route to a picnic at the lake?

Fragments of a chinese porcelain dinner service, circa eighteen century

The discovery of the porcelain plate shown above, (well pieces of) found on one of the roadways which used to serve the lake area can be found in the artifacts section here.

Promontory opposite Lakeside Cotttage

A feature of the lake was a rocky outcrop, with planted specimen trees, marked (C) on the plan.

Rocks Creating a Craggy Shoreline

Although almost lost in the undergrowth, the landscape is peppered with large angular boulders, creating a very different landscape, more in keeping with a Scottish Loch. The picture below, with a my brother in shot to give scale to the tree, is a large Wellingtonia, just near the promontory.

A second shot looking up the massive trunk. The Wellingtonia or Giant Sequoia, [Sequoiadendron giganteum] was I understand introduced as a species to the UK in the 1850's, having been discovered by a European in 1841 in Sierra Nevada, California, its native habitat. These dates tie in nicely with the construction date for the lake.
The tree is more commonly known from its American name Giant Redwood. If you have space to plant one, they really look impressive, your grandchildren may appreciate it!

I discovered a site called the which sells these magnificent specimens, they grow at around 26' 0" (8 metres) in the first 10 years, 48' 9" (15 metres) in 20 years, topping out at around 130' 0" (40 metres), but sometimes greater. The trees are the largest and one of the longest living organisms on the planet, measured in thousands of years, one example after felling was said to be over 3,200 years old! If you would like more information on the Giant Sequoia look here on Wikipedia. Also here on the Garden and Flora of Northern Ireland, another useful source of information on trees.

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