"One thing remain'd, but highly worth our view, Pool's hole, a cave so call'd, and near us too."(read more)
The Wonders of the Peake by Charles Cotton, published in 1681.
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Charles Cotton (1630-1687) published this satirical poem just five years after Thomas Hobbes' own 'Wonders of the Peak' poem was translated into English. Cotton's poem recalls a visit to the 'Devil's Arse', nowadays known as Peak Cavern, in Castleton.
Charles Cotton is also known for contributing a treatise on fly fishing for trout in the second edition of Izaak Walton's famous book, The Compleat Angler. Living on the banks of the River Dove, Cotton enjoyed the opportunities provided at the riverside. Walkers can still explore the area around the famous fishing hut that Cotton shared with Izaak Walton, and Pike's Pool at Beresford Dale.
- Rights: Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (part of Derbyshire County Council)
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