When is a lake not a lake?

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The South Norwood Tourist Board (SNTB) based in the London Borough of Croydon has requested that Cumbria Tourism cease from using the label ‘Lake District’ to describe the vast area of outstanding beauty speckled with many bodies of water, so that they can use it instead!

The reason for this request is that according to SNTB, only one of Cumbria’s lakes is actually a lake while the rest can be described as tarns, meres or waters. By comparison, South Norwood boasts two lakes.

The claim has yet to become legal and I suspect it is a publicity stunt to promote the delights of South Norwood. I doubt the claim will be upheld since according to Cumbrian angler and environmentalist Eric Hope, “…the words tarns, lakes and meres are all just local names with their roots in a mix of Cumbric, Old English, Old Norse and modern English… The Lake District is steeped in tradition. There's a huge difference between Cumbria and Croydon and it's not just in the spelling.”

I wonder if Alfred Wainwright (1907-1991), the renowned author and illustrator of the seven-volume ‘Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells’, ever considered writing ‘A Pictorial Guide to South Norwood’?


05 Apr 2013
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One of the students has put in a huge amount of effort in completing Spellzone at least 3 times a week since his arrival with us in January. Looking at his scores after the latest GL testing, his standardised score has risen from 99 to 131. This is a truly phenomenal result. I just wanted to share the best result I have ever seen.

Terrie Penrose-Toms, Casterton College