||In this section I intend to transcribe articles
illustrative of all aspects of Cumberland and Westmorland life, from a variety of sources.
Offers of the loan of original material are welcome.
As well as notes at the foot of each "chapter",
I have included comments in the text, where appropriate; these are always in square
- The Beauty of Buttermere, from
James Walter Brown's Round Carlisle Cross, 1921. The story of Mary Robinson,
and her marriage to the rogue John Hatfield, a forger, bigamist, and con-man.
- John Peel; The Man and the Song,
from James Walter Brown's Round Carlisle Cross, third series, 1923. This was originally published in two parts,
accounting for the "finally" half way through.
Calgarth Hall, Windermere
- A short account of the Skulls of
Calgarth, from Tales & Legends Of The English Lake District, by Wilson
- The City's Rapid
Development - Beginnings of Factory Life; from Memories Of
Old Carlisle by George Topping and
John J. Potter (Two Carel Lads), 1922. This covers the fabric, biscuit, decorated tin box,
and crane manufacturing businesses in Carlisle, and home weaving, as told by William
Farish in his autobiography The Struggles of a Hand-Loom Weaver.
- The Durran Hill Murder;
the crime, detection, trial, and execution of a murderer in Carlisle, 1861-2. This was the
final public hanging in Carlisle, and a very early case in which a plaster cast of a
footprint from the crime-scene proved crucial in obtaining a conviction. From James Walter
Brown's Round Carlisle Cross, 1921.
- Margery Jackson, The
Carlisle Miser & Misanthrope, a pamphlet by Frances Blair (nee Jollie), 1848.
- See also Diocesan Histories:
- School Inspector's Report for Carlisle High School, ca. 1864. Transcribed by Paul Haslam.
- Annals Of The Solway, by
George Neilson, 1899, describes the history, industry, legends, and the campaigns of
Edward I. A large file (over 200k) containing Neilson's comprehensive notes, plus 5 maps
of the Solway.
- By Coach from Keswick to
Windermere, from Edmund Bogg's Lakeland and Ribblesdale,
- Cumberland, Philemon Holland's
translation from the Latin of William Camden's description of Cumberland in his Brittania,
- Diocesan Histories:
Carlisle, by Richard S. Ferguson, M.A., L.L.M., F.S.A., published by the S.P.C.K. in
London, 1889. A fascinating history of the diocese, containing much more than just church
- An account of the Helm Wind,
which affects villages in the Eden Valley, in the shadow of the Pennines, from Mannix
& Whellan, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland, 1847.
- Old School Customs,
from Daniel Scott's Bygone
Cumberland and Westmorland, 1899.
- Old-Time Punishments,
from Daniel Scott's Bygone Cumberland and Westmorland, 1899. This covers both
secular and religious punishments.
- Sports and Festivities, from
Daniel Scott's Bygone Cumberland and Westmorland, 1899.
- The Solway Viaduct - a little history of the rail link across the Solway, with two
- The Heraldry of the Cumberland Statesmen, by R. S. Ferguson, F.S.A.
- Early Recollections of Grange,
from Cartmel Priory And Sketches Of North Lonsdale, by A.M. Wakefield, 1909. The "recollections" must date
back to about 1840.
- Miss Blamire of Thackwood, a
description of her life and works from Sidney Gilpin's Songs And Ballads of Cumberland
and the Lake Country, 1874.
- A short account of the phantom
army seen on Souter Fell in 1744, from Mannix & Whellan,
History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland, 1847.
Vale of Lyvennet
- This is the first of what is intended to be a
series of transcriptions of documents, pamphlets and books on Cumberland and
Westmorland. They have been collected by Sarah Reveley, who asked me if I would
host them. Many have been available elsewhere on the internet, usually on the GENUKI Cumberland List, but a permanent home was required, and I gladly agreed.
This particular book was originally transcribed by Diane Coppard and Kate Burns,
and their work is reproduced here with their permission.
The Vale of Lyvennet, Its Picturesque Peeps and
Legendary Lore, By John Salkeld Bland.