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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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Carlisle’s Turkish Baths – Moorish, and moreish

Carlisle’s Turkish Baths Eighteenth-century hammams are associated with places in the Islamic world, not exactly what you expect from a modern swimming complex in Carlisle. Even more extraordinary, this beautiful Edwardian suite dedicated to health opened on 20 September 1909 and has not changed since its construction, although the space has recently been repaired and […]

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Great Guided Tours – Our Living History

Great Guided Tours When you live somewhere you tend to start seeing your surroundings as a bit hum-drum. Out shopping or going about your daily business our minds focus on the next task or winding through the crowds as you navigate about town. I’m guilty of it too but I recently had a chance to […]

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Delve into your Past and Discover the Vikings 

Two very different exhibitions will be gracing the Beacon Museum, Whitehaven until 16 June, and are both not to be missed.  Time To Get Up features a range of original sketches and designs from your favourite storybooks, set alongside colourful and engaging interactives for Children. All ages will enjoy this vibrant exhibition, brought in collaboration with […]

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