Little Island was named so by the Darwins after they moved into Newnham Grange in 1886. It was to distinguish this island from the ‘Big Island’ farther upstream. The only means of access to the islands had been by boat so professor Darwin asked permission to build bridges. For this he obtained a new lease of the islands from the Corporation for 25 years. This was built by Mr Saint for £12.10s.
The island was renamed Darwin Island by Darwin College.
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