Tiny Islands by Dixe Wills

By Dixe Wills

From the tiny island that formed the full English language, to the island that terrified Dylan Thomas, there is extra to Britain's tiny islands than you may imagine! Have your personal tiny event via vacationing any of the 60 impressive little islands round Britain featured right here. even supposing Britain boasts hundreds and hundreds of tiny islands, Dixe Wills has chosen in basic terms the superior of them for this ebook. stumbled on round the coast, in lakes, in lochs, and on rivers, those little worlds are anticipating you to find them—whether you swim to them, stroll to them at low tide, row to them, or capture a dinky little ferry.

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Female crews power these traditional Scillonian 30ft rowing boats on Wednesday evenings in the summer, while on Friday evenings the men turn out. 3. St Helen’s Pity the unhappy wretch who fetched up on St Helen’s between 1764 and the 1880s. Once he had walked through the doors of the little granite Pest House, the chances of a sailor leaving this hump of an island were not significant, especially if he arrived with a fever and with his lymph nodes a little swollen. The Pest House (the name coming from an abbreviation of Pestilence) was a slightly tardy response to an Act of Parliament passed 10 years earlier that had decreed that any plague-ridden ships passing north of Cape Finisterre en route to England must be quarantined at Scilly until they were declared free of the disease.

And so began my love of tiny islands. I’m not alone in that love. In the course of researching this book, I discovered that Britons have had a yen for tiny islands for thousands of years, and even have an honourable history of building their own. Inuits may have their 23 words for snow, but islands run so deep within our psyche that our various national languages overflow with words to describe them. There’s ait, ayt, eilean, enys, eye, eyet, eyot, eyte, holm, holme, inch, innes, insh, insul, island, isle, islet, ynys and ynysig – and no doubt there are others I’ve yet to come across.

Was the Holy Lamb of God on England’s pleasant pastures seen? As anyone who has been to Glastonbury Abbey will know, Joseph of Arimathea brought his great-nephew to Cornwall and southwest England – possibly while on a trip to trade with Cornish tin miners. The Countenance Divine was then left on Looe Island for a spell while his great uncle went off to do some business. This story was put about by the same Benedictine monks who posited that Jesus and Joseph had also dropped in on Glastonbury to build a wattle-and-daub church there.

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