Welcome to the Appleby-In-Westmorland Society. The Society was formed in 1990 and has, since then, been concerned with matters which affect the town, the surrounding area and the people. Its aims include the promotion of high standards of planning and architecture, the preservation of features of historic interest and the stimulation of interest in the geography, history and architecture of the area.
APPLEBY “BOMB" TURNS OUT TO BE TIME CAPSULE
16th June 2017
An emergency evacuation of Appleby after the discovery of a buried shell casing was avoided with the help of the local newspaper, the Herald. The casing, from the Warcop army base was found by worker…[READ MORE]
TRIP ADVISOR IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY?
24th February 2017
The Gentleman's Magazine featured the comments of travellers staying in Appleby in 1719. Both refer to the Crown Inn.* May August Lodged at Appleby at the Crown where …[READ MORE]
NEW LIFE FOR THE OLD SCHOOL
24th February 2017
The old school in question is the former British School in Chapel Street built in 1849. It replaced an earlier school founded in 1808. The two storey schoolhouse had a gable end facing the road and …[READ MORE]
Lt F T Balmer’s Cigarette Case
11th September 2016
Lt F T Balmer’s cigarette case has landed. We hope to display it in the TIC in October. I made a mistake in my last post: it was the SON of Lt Fred Balmer who was involved with the re-naming of t…[READ MORE]
WHERE DID APPLEBY GET ITS WATER?
15th August 2018
Applebians didn't start paying water rates until 1963 because the waterworks set up in 1874 were so efficient and economical to run. But if you'd been around in 1874 you might well have wondered whether the town would ever get an effective supply of water…[READ MORE]
AN UNPUBLISHED AUTOBIOGRAPHY
14th January 2018
Fancy letting your son go and watch the drunken gypsies being collected from the town pubs during Fair Week. And who was this irresponsible father? None there than John Rigg, fire chief for many years and mayor on several occasions…[READ MORE]
THE MESMERISING VICAR
31st October 2017
THERE CAN HAVE BEEN FEW DULL MOMENTS IN APPLEBY AFTER THE ARRIVAL OF THE REVEREND ALBERT WARREN AS VICAR OF ST MICHAEL’S, BONGA…[READ MORE]