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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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Britain’s First African Settlement

Rethinking Britain’s immigration history In Burgh-by-Sands, there is a memorial plaque that reads, ‘The first recorded African community in Britain guarded a Roman fort on this site in the 3rd century AD’. It was placed beside the gate to St Michael’s church by the BBC’s history unit in 2016.  A complementing timeline in the churchyard, […]

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New finds on show in Senhouse Roman Museum

New finds on show in Senhouse Roman Museum… Roman and Romano-British religion have many associations with the animal kingdom. Both wild and domesticated animals appear in Roman sculpture and artwork recovered from Roman and native sites throughout Cumbria and the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage site. Currently on display in the Senhouse Roman Museum at Maryport […]

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Our Solway – Empty, fascinating and beautiful

Our Solway – Summer may mean sandy beaches for many people but there’s no need to head for far-flung shores when you have the Costa Del Solway on your doorstep.  Tourists pile into the lake district, yet our coastline is ignored and with huge swathes of sandy beaches dotted with charming villages, it’s Cumbria’s best-kept […]

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Cumbria Industrial History Society Series – It’s a Gas

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 the days before electricity, everything was lit by gas.  Every town had its own gasworks where coal was baked to release crude gas. This went through a series […]

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