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Old January 15th, 2018, 12:46 PM   #121
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This project is related to the soon to be unveiled statue on Caldewgate in Carlisle, mentioned elsewhere on the forum

From the News and Star:

"Project about history of Carlisle's cracker packers supported by lottery grant

A grant of almost £10,000 has been secured to support a project exploring the history of Carlisle’s McVitie’s biscuit factory and its renowned cracker packers.

Made possible by money raised by players of the National Lottery, the project will include the creation of a static exhibition and touring exhibition which will be displayed in various venues in Carlisle.

Tullie House Museum is key to the project and will carry out the research with former and current McVities workers.

Workshops will be held resulting in oral histories, research and an exhibition developed."


Full story at http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Pr...7add321c37a-ds

Interesting to read that the funding for the statue includes contributions from the current owners of the factory, Sainsbury's who have a store nearby, and Hunter Davies.
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Old January 16th, 2018, 03:11 PM   #122
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Market Cross, Alston, Cumbria

The Market Cross, is a Grade II* Listed building but these days no market takes place in the town.

Originally erected in 1764 it was rebuilt in 1883. Standing as it does on a bend in Front Street it has not stood up well to modern day motorised traffic and has been knocked down by wagons in 1968 and 1980.

A foundation stone on the original market cross had this inscription “This Market Cross was erected by The Right Honourable Sir William Stephenson, born at Crosslands in this Parish and elected Lord Mayor of London 1764”. The plaque is now in the church.

This is the listing text courtesy of The British Listed Buildings web site @ https://www.britishlistedbuildings.c...r#.Wl4BRTfLhtQ

Entry Name: Market Cross
Listing Date: 25 September 1951
Grade: II*
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1325968
English Heritage Legacy ID: 73131
Location: Alston Moor, Eden, Cumbria, CA9
County: Cumbria
District: Eden
Civil Parish: Alston Moor

MARKET PLACE, ALSTON Market Cross
NY 7146
24/71
25.9.51

Market Cross. First erected 1764, rebuilt 1883; knocked down and re-erected in 1970 and again in 1981.

Panel with original inscription now in Parish Church:
"This Market Cross was erected by The Right Honourable SR WILLIAM STEPHENSON Kn born at Cross Lands in this Parish and elected LORD MAYOR OF LONDON 1764."

Square plan. Block plinths, with stop chamfers and moulded bases, carry 8 (3 per side) monolithic columns with bell caps supporting pyramidal, graduated stone flag roof which has C20 lantern at apex. 3 steps up to original cross-site where replacement stone shaft carries central crown post. Inscriptions on shaft detail history of structure.

Listing NGR: NY7188646501

A comparison between an old postcard and the modern day view:








Photographs 17th July 2014 - hosted on http://GeordiePhotographs.fototime.c...Market%20Cross
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Old January 28th, 2018, 11:25 AM   #123
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--

Bronze Age hoard found in Furness is treasure, rules coroner

A COLLECTION of Bronze Age items discovered in Furness have been declared as treasure at an inquest held yesterday.

Metal detectorists John Rigg and Darren Fine unearthed the find at land in Urswick on April 12 last year.

The hoard consisted of one gold bracelet, three gold penannular lock-rings, and a cauldron fragment, all found together in one find spot.

Experts at the British Museum in London estimated the collection to have originated from 800 to 1,000 BC, making them approximately 3,000 years old.

The lock-rings are all made from gold sheet face plates that are bi-conical in form and triangular in section with central tubes and side plates formed from the same sheet. They are secured by a binding strip of round sectioned gold wire fused to the plate to form an outer rim-binding.

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Old January 30th, 2018, 10:34 AM   #124
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--

Andy updates 18th century history book


Andy Denwood has edited a new illustrated version of a local history book written in the 1700s

NOT many parts of England are lucky enough to have a local history book written in the 1700s.

But the ancient parish of Warton — which used to include Carnforth and Silverdale — is one of them.

For more than 30 years, starting in 1710, schoolmaster John Lucas sat down after work to compile the book that became ‘A History of Warton Parish’. It covers everything from peat-digging and salt-making to the use of gunpowder in farming - not to mention funerals and harvests, fishing and fairies, meteors, school-days and football.

John Lucas was the son of a farmer from Carnforth and went to the grammar school in neighbouring Warton.

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Old February 5th, 2018, 10:24 AM   #125
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,---


PICTURE FROM THE PAST: Can you tell us more about this photo?





We’d love to hear from you if you can give us more information about this photograph of a man with a trained bird of prey. The photographer’s notes suggest it was taken in Borrowdale

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Old February 11th, 2018, 11:12 AM   #126
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--

Silver broach discovered by metal detectorist declared treasure



A SILVER broach found in South Cumbria has been declared as treasure at an inquest.

The item, found by metal detectorist Matthew Kitching, was discovered on land near Burton-in-Kendal on May 1 last year.

Cumbria assistant coroner Paul O'Donnell told the inquest at Barrow Town Hall that experts at London's British Museum described it a medieval silver annular broach, dated from the 13th to 14th centuries.

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Old February 12th, 2018, 11:21 AM   #127
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--

PICTURE FROM THE PAST: Cartmel Priory by Joseph Hardman



THIS atmospheric image of Cartmel priory with sheep grazing in the foreground is by Joseph Hardman and is one of more than 4,500 images that we hold by him.

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Old February 20th, 2018, 11:00 AM   #128
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--


FUNDS are being raised to preserve an integral part of Hawes railway history and ensure its ‘book of bridges’ lives on


FUNDS are being raised to preserve an integral part of Hawes railway history and ensure its ‘book of bridges’ lives on.

The historic book contains original 1870s engineering drawings for structures along the six-mile branch line that ran from Garsdale station to Hawes.

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South Tyne Valley, Alston

A scan of a postcard from my collection showing the South Tyne Valley at Alston, Cumbria.

The postcard is unused but is a Valentine's (Valentine Sons Ltd).


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Old March 13th, 2018, 12:34 PM   #130
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--


106-year-old yacht set for South Lakes return


AN 106-year-old yacht is returning to the South Lakeland village where it was built thanks to a £10,000 grant.

Arnside Sailing Club and Arnside Archive Group have secured the cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project exploring the village’s maritime and boat building heritage.

The club will buy the 1912 yacht, called Severn,

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Old March 26th, 2018, 10:26 PM   #131
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With the memory of two severe floods this century still fresh in the memory, the Cumberland & Westmorland Herald has an excellent item about the previous catastrophic flooding, in 1968, when the river bridge at Langwathby was swept away. The temporary replacement single lane bridge is still in use, 50 years later

"Half-century since bridge was swept away in raging torrent

SATURDAY marked 50 years since Langwathby bridge was swept away in a deluge which was at the time the worst flood in living memory.

The epic storm, which is still remembered by many residents of the East Fellside villages, hit the Eden Valley on Saturday, 23rd March, 1968.

To commemorate the fall of the bridge, microfilm and photographs, taken in the wake of the flood by the late Jim Monkhouse, of Langwathby, were on show at the village hall.

Film footage was shot in the days following the fall of the bridge and also as a new “temporary” structure — still in place today — was built to replace it.

Mr Monkhouse had a keen interest in videography and photography and his daughter, Susan Grave, said he took his camera out with him to numerous events. He also stood on the bridge at midnight, just five hours before it fell, and reported it trembling under the weight of water."


Full story and images at http://www.cwherald.com/a/stories/ha...nt.483721.html
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Alston Grammar School

Cannot be many former grammar school's which have been converted into fire stations!

The school was first formed in 1775, rebuilt 1828 and closed in 1909.

Photographs taken 27th August 2004 and 24th July 2014.






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Things to do in the Lake District: Stott Park Bobbin Mill

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Things to do in the Lake District: Stott Park Bobbin Mill

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Once Stott Park Bobbin Mill was one of many mills in the Lake District that supplied millions of bobbins to the factories of Lancashire and Yorkshire. Now it's unique. It's the only place in the UK - and possibly in the world - where you can see how wooden bobbins were made. And it's done just as the men would have done in the mill's Victorian heyday.

Every day that the site is open, the site team run guided tours where they turn on all the machines and make a bobbin as you explore the site. On the first weekend of the month (and Bank Holidays) they also fire up the boiler and get the steam engine working.

Find out more about visiting Stott Park Bobbin Mill here: https://goo.gl/pDsysm
Check out our Cumbria Travel Guide: https://goo.gl/NqB7uh
Plan a walk between Windermere, Stott Park and High Dam (which once provided the power for the mill): https://goo.gl/WKqQsV


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Old July 24th, 2018, 10:09 AM   #134
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This from the News & Star,--



Book released about Whitehaven's mining heritage


It explores the literary and artistic heritage of mining in the town



A NEW book exploring the literary and artistic heritage of mining in Whitehaven has been released.

From the Mines to the Mountains, by Lancaster University lecturer Christopher Donaldson and author/publisher Stephen Matthews, attempts to create a fresh outlook on the harsh industrial landscape portrayed in art and the written word from the 1750s;

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This from the News & Star,---


County memorial war tribute


As the autumn leaves fell to the ground in Rickerby Park, bathed in the peaceful afternoon sunshine, Cumbria paid tribute to all those who fell in the chaos of war.

Representatives and members of the public from across the county gathered this afternoon at the foot of the cenotaph housed in Rickerby Park, paying tribute to wartime sacrifice.

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Old December 22nd, 2018, 01:04 PM   #136
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An interesting anniversary is being commemorated in Carlisle soon: it is 100 years since President Woodrow Wilson visited Carlisle.

From the News & Star. The report includes some interesting old film of the visit

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Woodrow Wilson Society to celebrate 100th anniversary of President's visit to Carlisle

IT was a momentous moment in history when the President of the United States visited Carlisle and was made an honorary freeman of the city.

Woodrow Wilson, whose mother Janet was born here, was given a warm welcomed by thousands of people who lined the streets to witness his arrival on December 29, 1918.

He and the Firstr Lady were escorted from Citadel Station, where they were received by the Mayor of Carlisle Bertram Carr, to visit notable sites including the Congregational Church in Lowther Street, where his grandfather Thomas Woodrow preached, and Annetwell Street, the original site of his grandfather's chapel.

They also visited The Crown & Mitre Hotel, where the American leader signed the Freeman Roll, and the house in Warwick Road where his mother grew up.

It was his final visit to the city and one he described as a Pilgrimage of the Heart.
Full story at https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...t-to-carlisle/
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Old January 4th, 2019, 10:35 AM   #137
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--


Historic SY Gondola is still going strong


Peter Gaukroger, who skippered the Steam Yacht Gondola on Coniston Water for many years and was involved in its restoration, recounts the history of the vessel

The Steam Yacht Gondola was the first steamship constructed for passenger use on Coniston Water by the Furness Railway company.

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This from the News & Star,---


New archaeological excavation explores Holme Cultram Abbey


AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig has been launched, thanks to new funding.

The West Cumbria Archaeological Society, which was established in 2003, is delighted to have been awarded £69,300 in National Lottery Heritage funding for its Holme Cultram Harbour Project.

Holme Cultram Abbey, in Abbeytown, was the largest monastic house in Cumbria and was founded by Cistercian monks.

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...cultram-abbey/
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This from the News & Star,--


Secrets of abbey’s amazing history unearthed at dig


INTERESTING discoveries have been made at an archaeological dig at the site one of Cumbria’s oldest buildings.

The West Cumbria Archaeological Society, established in 2003, were awarded £69,300 in National Lottery Heritage funding to carry out the Holme Cultram Harbour Project.

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...arthed-at-dig/
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