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Greystoke – A kings mistress and much more.

Four miles west of Penrith lies the village of Greystoke, basking in its romantic glow. It offers some unusual attractions, a potter and racing stables and of course a village pub, The Boot and Shoe,  which dates back all the way to 1511. An informative board describing the history of Greystoke can be found on […]

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We Remember Our Victoria Cross Heroes

Victoria Cross Heroes remembered  –  The Victoria Cross (VC) is the premier award of the British Armed Forces for gallantry in the presence of the enemy. It was introduced by Queen Victoria in 1856 to honour acts of valour during the Crimean War. The metal from which earlier VC’s were struck was said to be […]

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Long Meg (Maughanby Circle) – A spell waiting to be broken

Long Meg (Maughanby Circle) – A spell waiting to be broken Stone circles have sparked the imagination from time immemorial.  The best-known stone circle in England, Stonehenge, is turning into a commercial venue with little access for the public. Maughanby Circle, by comparison, known as ‘Long Meg and Her Daughters’, has been left untouched. Visitors […]

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Thirlmere – Our Lakes series

Thirlmere – Our Lakes As you drive by Thirlmere you can be forgiven for thinking this peaceful location hasn’t changed much over the centuries. A casual glance suggests that except for a handful of farms, a couple of churches and the road beneath you, the valley once known as Wythburndale, has retained a timeless quality. […]

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Armathwaite Signal Box, Colourfully Obsolete

Armathwaite Signal Box, Colourfully Obsolete. The Settle to Carlisle line, completed by the Midland Railway Company in 1876, had a transformative impact over the North of England. One of the major changes was the increase in the number of tourists in beauty spots. Due to its geographical position amidst the epic landscapes of Cumbria and […]

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From flax to linen to sailcloth with the Cumbria Industrial History Society

The industrial revolution shaped our lives in West Cumbria.  Its impact was significant and the Cumbria Industrial History Society reveals how it affected our modern world. In 1809, two men with a background in the industry – Joseph Bell and John Bragg – went into partnership to open a new mill in Catherine Street, Whitehaven. […]

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Workington Transport Heritage Trust brings you… Heritage Boxing Day free bus services

Workington Transport Heritage Trust brings you… Heritage Boxing Day free bus services from Whitehaven to Mirehouse, Cleator Moor and Frizington After a gap of two years, Workington Transport Heritage Trust have announced that their free Boxing Day buses are back on the road again. The Trust says that these free services enable residents to get […]

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The Bishop Of Barf

Excerpt from The Little Book of Cumbria Written by David Ramshaw Image courtesy of Jamie Powe   This is the Bishop of Barf, a memorial to a foolish wager.  In 1783 the newly appointed Bishop of Derry, now Londonderry, was in the area and stayed at the Swan Hotel in Thornthwaite (now closed).  He wagered […]

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The Border Reivers – From tragic to terrifying

The Border Reivers – From tragic to terrifying If you lived in the border region around five hundred years ago this would be the time of year you would most likely dread. The lengthening nights, the harvest in your stores and your summer fattened cattle were tempting targets for neighbours or cross border raiders. Ours […]

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History Comes To Life with Carlisle History Tour

History Comes To Life with Carlisle History Tour Taking a Carlisle History Tour is an experience in more ways than one.  And it starts when you take your seat in ‘Clyde’, the Beauford Tourer, which was designed and lovingly built to resemble a 1930s luxury vehicle. The silver tourer certainly stood out from the gathered […]

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