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Old September 9th, 2016, 01:10 PM   #41
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This from the News & Star,--

Cumbrian castle in danger of collapse



9 September 2016 10:03AM

Cockermouth Castle is in danger of collapse unless urgent repair works are carried out.

Remedial work needs to be done as soon as possible on the bank below the 10th century structure following last December’s floods.

The floods triggered a landslide which washed away much of the vegetation under the grade one listed building which overlooks the River Derwent.


The castle is the northern seat of Lord and Lady Egremont, who live in Petworth, Sussex. They generally stay in the castle every two months.

Savills, working on behalf of castle owners, Leconfield Estates, has submitted a planning application to Allerdale Council.

It says remedial work is vital “to maintain the structural integrity of the castle foundations”. Analysis has shown “the bank to be unstable with a high probability of failure in the short term”.

“Our aim is to protect Cockermouth Castle which is an important historic asset of national significance.

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More Cockermouth, this time dating back nearly 80 years.

From the Times and Star, 15-09-16

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A would-be Cockermouth councillor got the surprise of her life when she was out canvassing for votes.


A screengrab from the film Cockermouth floods 1938, found by Rebecca Hanson while she was out canvassing

Rebecca Hanson was offered the chance to look at never seen before footage of Cockermouth's 1938 floods.

The householder, who has asked to remain anonymous, gave Rebecca permission to share the seven-minute film online and the response has been phenomenal.

Rebecca said: "I love canvassing and just occasionally something incredible happens – like when someone says 'would you like to see my film of the 1938 flood of the Cocker?' and that it’s okay to share it.

"There has been an amazing response as no one seems to have seen the film before."
Full story at http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/p...17305eafd96-ds

I don't seem to be able to get the video to embed, so a link to the footage will have to suffice. 5 minutes of the floods and a couple of minutes of snow in Cockermouth at the end:

https://youtu.be/7UtqTn03YSU

Quite amazing footage, and rather scary how fast the water is rushing along the streets in some of the clips. I wonder how it compares to the more recent floods in Cockermouth.
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More Cockermouth, this time dating back nearly 80 years.

From the Times and Star, 15-09-16



Full story at http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/news/p...17305eafd96-ds

I don't seem to be able to get the video to embed, so a link to the footage will have to suffice. 5 minutes of the floods and a couple of minutes of snow in Cockermouth at the end:



https://youtu.be/7UtqTn03YSU

Quite amazing footage, and rather scary how fast the water is rushing along the streets in some of the clips. I wonder how it compares to the more recent floods in Cockermouth.
Thanks for the video,--it's always great to look back at old films,--and this is no exception,--it's fascinating to see the flood hit areas and how power full the water flowed along the Streets,--very similar to recent floods,--but the people looked as though they coped,--although there was plenty of damage,--wonder if they were fully compensated for the damage and losses,--btw,--I liked the music played,--(Strauss I think)--also enjoyed the bit with the snow, --cheers.
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An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss II.

A wonderful piece of music, but I am not sure it is particularly appropriate for the raging torrent of the Rivers Cocker & Derwent as seen in the film.
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Old September 16th, 2016, 03:48 PM   #45
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Cumbrian castle in danger of collapse



9 September 2016 10:03AM

Cockermouth Castle is in danger of collapse unless urgent repair works are carried out.

Remedial work needs to be done as soon as possible on the bank below the 10th century structure following last December’s floods.

The floods triggered a landslide which washed away much of the vegetation under the grade one listed building which overlooks the River Derwent.


The castle is the northern seat of Lord and Lady Egremont, who live in Petworth, Sussex. They generally stay in the castle every two months.

Savills, working on behalf of castle owners, Leconfield Estates, has submitted a planning application to Allerdale Council.

It says remedial work is vital “to maintain the structural integrity of the castle foundations”. Analysis has shown “the bank to be unstable with a high probability of failure in the short term”.

“Our aim is to protect Cockermouth Castle which is an important historic asset of national significance.

Read more http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Cu...e98c5fc1c37-ds
Planning application is 2/2016/0574

Plans and some images at http://planning.allerdale.gov.uk/por...ageName=380598
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Old October 13th, 2016, 11:30 AM   #46
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British Legion club to close after more than 60 years



12 October 2016 2:30PM

An historic community venue has finally closed its doors after more than 60 years.

Kells Royal British Legion, in Whitehaven, has been forced to shut, despite a new committee battling to save it over the past seven months.

At a special general meeting held last week, it was finally decided the club would have to fold.

Last March a new committee was formed in order to help save the club, but it has continued to prove financially unviable.

Once boasting more than 500 members, the Kells Legion has been based at Hill Top Road since 1945. However, changing lifestyles saw customers dwindle.

Helen Holmes, secretary of the club, said: "A big thank you needs to be given to all members and friends who over the many, many years have voluntarily helped to give the club a great reputation.

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Old October 28th, 2016, 02:40 PM   #47
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Historic Cumbrian farmhouse saved from dereliction and given new life



28 October 2016 9:39AM

Its name - Old Farm House - describes it perfectly as it is beyond doubt a historic property. The date 1697 is inscribed on one of its stones and owner Andrea Thicke has been told that her home probably actually dates from 1604.

She said: "We have a map from 1672 showing the house and the council's former conservation officer Peter Messenger told us that he’d seen in records 1604 with 1697 being the date that it was first renovated.

"Plus there are two sandstone fireplaces in the house and they’re distinctly different in design with the more ornate one totally in keeping with the 1697 date. Peter said the other fireplace will relate to the 1604 date."

The listed farmhouse, at Raughton Head Hill near Dalston, has other original features such as beamed ceilings, mullioned windows and sandstone steps.

Andrea lives there with her husband and their 18-year-old son. Two other sons and a daughter have now left home. The couple bought Old Farm House because they were looking for a barn to convert and it fitted the bill.

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Old December 31st, 2016, 12:28 PM   #48
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Historic castle to close temporarily for restoration work to take place



An historic Cumbrian castle that has become a major visitor attraction is to close for two months to allow for the next significant phase in its restoration.

Lowther Castle & Gardens, near Penrith, will shut on January 9 for work to take place.

Projects in place include a new exhibition telling the story of its history, illustrated with items from the Lowther family collection.


A redesign of the castle courtyard, created by gardeners Dan Pearson and Martin Ogle, is also planned.

This will include a new area where people can relax on new seating, surrounded by indoor trees.

A refurbishment of the shop and the cafe is also planned to make them "more attractive and customer friendly".

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Old January 4th, 2017, 12:59 PM   #49
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Spectacular Roman battle to be re-enacted in Carlisle this summer



Carlisle's celebrations to mark 1,900 years since Hadrian became the ruler of the Roman Empire will be among the highlights of 2017 for the city's council leader.

Bitts Park will be transformed into a Roman battlefield to host a major reenactment in July.

The turma - or troop - reenactment will be one of the largest the UK has ever seen.

Bitts Park edges on to nearby Stanwix, which was once the largest fort located along the Roman Empire's most northern frontier.

Councillor Colin Glover, leader of Carlisle City Council, said: "The turma is going to come and show off its cavalry skills in Bitts Park.

"There will be 30 cavalrymen coming and the event is just one of a series of things taking place over the course of the six months right across the length of the wall.

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Cumbrian town lands £30,000 for post-World War Two history project



Life in Wigton post-World War Two will be documented in detail as part of a new £30,000 oral history project.

The two-year scheme, called Cumbria Speaks, is being run by a group of volunteers from the North West Cumbria Oral History Project, who've attracted funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project is broken down into two parts with the first phase being the recording of at least 20 interviews of people living in Wigton.

Similar sets of questions will be asked of each interviewee, with the project team looking to speak to some of the oldest members of the community who have lived in the town since World War Two.

It is hoped the interviews will chart the changes seen in the community and how different individuals have lived through them.

Questions will cover family life, leisure time and work.

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Old February 19th, 2017, 05:43 PM   #51
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This I like the sound of, although it is only for one day (7th March) and I might not be mobile by then

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Iconic images of Carr's of Carlisle on display



Dust covered and undisturbed for generations, this treasure trove of photographs and posters can finally see the light of day.

The iconic images depicting the history of the famous Carr's of Carlisle factory, spanning almost 60 years, have been unearthed by archivists with the aim of putting them on display.

The collection, dating back to the early 19th Century, comprises photographs, staff magazines and records, wages books, press cuttings, recipe books and colourful posters.

The diverse business exhibits were first deposited by Carr's in 1970, and continued until 2005, with a final tally of about 500 items ending up on the shelves at Carlisle Archive Centre, based at Lady Guildford's House in Harraby.

Archivist, Mike Stephens, said the idea for an open day was first mooted on Facebook.

"We initially thought we could see what the interest was from McVities' staff, past and present, but it really took off on social media, and we are thinking it holds an interest for the wider public."

"It's a fantastic collection. It captures all the operational aspects of Carr's as a business," he added.

The archive centre will be hosting the Open Day on Tuesday, March 7, and because of the huge interest already shown by staff, past and present and their families, there will be two sessions - one in the morning and the other in the afternoon.

Those who cannot make it to either sessions can view the collection on via the Carlisle Archive Centre website.
Full story at http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/ic...447a8c03fbb-ds

Being a fussy old so-and-so, I must point out that the archive is at Lady Gillford's House, not as stated in the article.
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Old February 26th, 2017, 11:46 AM   #52
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Historian digs into Cumbrian village's past



A historian is calling on residents of a Cumbrian village past and present to come forward as he looks to uncover its 150-year story.

Henry Barker has lived in Harriston, near Aspatria, all his life.

Now, he wants to tell the story of the village and reveal the untold tales of its residents and their lives.


"Harriston today is a relatively new village, everything was moved in the 1970s," he told The Cumberland News.

"But I want to go beyond that and find out what life was like before then - to tell the story of before my time.

"There've been other people who have lived here for a long time and will be interested to find out about Harriston's past."

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Carlisle railway bridge will be demolished despite campaign

AN HISTORIC railway bridge will be knocked down despite a bid to try and save it from demolition.

Network Rail insist that what is left of a former bridge over the Carlisle to Newcastle line, in the Botcherby area of the city, will be brought down to save money and to reduce the risk of trespass and vandalism.

That’s despite a call from Robert Betton, an independent councillor who represents Botcherby on both the city and county council, to stop its demolition and to conserve the structure.

Work on what’s left of the old bridge, which dates back to the 1800s, was due to start last Sunday with reports of some vehicles moving in ready to start the demolition.

But work did not start as planned, causing confusion among some locals.
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Mr Betton has attempted to have the landmark listed with Historic England to prevent its demolition, but his application was turned down. He’s now set about gathering support from the city council and Carlisle’s MP John Stevenson

Despite Mr Betton’s fight, Network Rail says work will still be going ahead, though it has been delay

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Planning application for the demolition appeared last week:

http://publicaccess.carlisle.gov.uk/...LI_DCAPR_67595
Demolition of the bridge took place this morning, preparatory work having been done last week.

As I am currently incapacitated I sent my husband off this morning to get some photos. These were taken at around 8am:







Click on the image for the full size photo.

It is exactly one year since I posted images of the bridge just after the demolition had been announced. These can be seen at https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...8&postcount=35
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Thanks for the information,--(and hope you get well soon)----and thank your Husband for these very good photos,--cheers.
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Historic Cumbrian farm on edge of Roman Empire gets funding boost




Historic Cumbrian farm on edge of Roman Empire gets funding boost

Camp Farm buildingsPhoto: Steve Barber

An historic Cumbrian farm on the edge of the Roman Empire World Heritage site has been granted funding towards a study which could bring it into use as a place of heritage learning.

Camp Farm, the 140-acre Victorian farm in Maryport which lies on the site of a Roman camp, was bought two years ago by the North of England Civic Trust.

It had previously been owned by the now defunct Hadrian's Wall Trust, which had planned to create a large museum and visitor centre on the site.

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Historic parlour images brought back to life at open day



A west Cumbrian town stepped back in time as historic paintings, photographs and artefacts from the past were brought back to life.

Workington mayor Joan Wright threw open the doors of the town hall to give people a history lesson about the place they live and work.

The open day, at the Mayor's Parlour, was a chance for people to learn more about the town council, including getting a rare glimpse of exhibits documenting civic life in the town.
Some of the notable attractions were paintings of Alderman James Duffield, who brought the steelworks to Workington, and first mayor of Workington Henry Curwen.

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Famous Crosby Garrett helmet to return to Carlisle




Famous Crosby Garrett helmet to return to Carlisle

Flashback: Last time the helmet was on display in Carlisle

An artefact of significant archaeological heritage is set to return to Carlisle.

The Crosby Garrett helmet, named after the village near Kirkby Stephen where it was discovered in May 2010, will join other unique Roman cavalry objects on display in Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.

They are on show in a wall-wide exhibition that stretches the full 150 miles of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site area – from Maryport in the west to South Shields in the east. It opens on Saturday, April 8.

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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--

PICTURE FROM THE PAST: Where was this photograph taken?



This image comes from the Joseph Hardman collection at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry. We know it was taken between the 1930s and 1960s but would like to know where it was taken to help with research on dry stone walling. Can you help? Please contact [email protected] or Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Abbot Hall, Kendal, LA9 5AL. Include reference 2002.7.234 in correspondence.

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PICTURE FROM THE PAST: Where was this photograph taken?



This image comes from the Joseph Hardman collection at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry. We know it was taken between the 1930s and 1960s but would like to know where it was taken to help with research on dry stone walling. Can you help? Please contact [email protected] or Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Abbot Hall, Kendal, LA9 5AL. Include reference 2002.7.234 in correspondence.

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That is a view of Crinkle Crags from somewhere between the Old Dungeon Ghyll and Stool End in Langdale, further up the dale than the Google Streetview car was able to go!

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@54.44...7i13312!8i6656

Not that I am an experton views of the fells. It just happens that many years ago a lot of my walks ended at the Old Dungeon Ghyll, where a couple of pints of Weston's Old Rosie took away some of the tedium of getting home by bus (5 buses and nearly three hours)

That picture has made me want to get out into the Lake District and up on the fells again. Shamethat the ankle and my level of fitness mean I'm not up to it
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That is a view of Crinkle Crags from somewhere between the Old Dungeon Ghyll and Stool End in Langdale, further up the dale than the Google Streetview car was able to go!

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@54.44...7i13312!8i6656

Not that I am an experton views of the fells. It just happens that many years ago a lot of my walks ended at the Old Dungeon Ghyll, where a couple of pints of Weston's Old Rosie took away some of the tedium of getting home by bus (5 buses and nearly three hours)

That picture has made me want to get out into the Lake District and up on the fells again. Shamethat the ankle and my level of fitness mean I'm not up to it
Good information of the Fells,--and the Westons old Rosie sounds good---as for the walking,--it's many a year since Mrs and myself done any walking,--in fact it was around 92,---and now it's the age that stops us,--but we still have great memories,----cheers.
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