Fonthill Lake

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Fonthill Lake
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Coordinates51°05′11″N 2°05′49″W / 51.08638°N 2.09704°W / 51.08638; -2.09704Coordinates: 51°05′11″N 2°05′49″W / 51.08638°N 2.09704°W / 51.08638; -2.09704
Basin countriesEngland
Max. length1.3 km (0.81 mi)
Max. width100 m (328 ft)

Fonthill Lake (grid reference ST933319) is a lake in southwest Wiltshire, England.

The Fonthill Brook flows out of the southern end of the lake and joins the River Nadder at Tisbury, 2 km (1 mi) to the southeast.[1][2]

It lies just to the south of the village of Fonthill Bishop, east of the village of Fonthill Gifford, and northeast of Fonthill Abbey. The lake is 1.6 km (1 mi) long and approximately 100 m (328 ft) wide at its maximum breadth.

A sizeable population of the introduced Mandarin duck is resident at Fonthill Lake (and on surrounding rivers) together with a number of wild swans.

The lake was used as the location for the filming of all the river scenes in the film Chocolat, which starred Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. It is also where the ashes of pioneering Everest mountaineer Eric Shipton were scattered.[3]

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  1. ^ Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society. Wiltshire archaeological and natural history magazine. London Natural History Museum Library. Devizes : Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society.
  2. ^ "Development Brief, Hindon Lane, Tisbury" (PDF). Salisbury District Council. 2006. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  3. ^ "On 28 March 1977, at 7:30 in the evening, Eric Shipton died peacefully. He was cremated in Salisbury and his ashes were scattered on the Fonthill Lakes [sic], overlooking the part of England he loved above all else." (Peter Steele, Eric Shipton: Everest and Beyond, p. 254).