Swallows & Amazons boathouse

A famous boathouse that is thought to have inspired author Arthur J. Ransome's book "Swallows and Amazons" is going under the hammer.

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Original 'Amazon' boat on display

The restored 'Amazon' boat Credit: ITV News

The 'Swallows and Amazons' story is being revisited in Coniston - an area where the book was highly influenced and inspired by.

The boat gets its fame from the 'Swallows and Amazons' book Credit: ITV News

An original dinghy used by the children of the Altouyan family - who the characters in Ransome's book are thought to be based on - is on display in the village's Ruskin Museum.

The boat is on display at the Ruskin Museum Credit: ITV News


'Swallows and Amazons' boathouse up for sale

A piece of the Lake District's sailing history is going under the hammer.

The boathouse at Coniston Water was the inspiration for Arthur J. Ransome's famous book 'Swallows and Amazons.'

Written in 1930, the book tells the story of children from two families learning to sail on the lake, and about their summer adventures.

Arthur Ransome spent his summers at Coniston as a house guest of the Altouyan family whose children he taught to sail - and who the characters in 'Swallows and Amazons' are believed to have been based on.

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