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AN UNPUBLISHED AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Posted 14th January 2018 by Maggie Clowes

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. Information arrives unexpectedly. Clearing out her attic a lady from Nottingham came across the account her god-father had written of his earl…

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THE MESMERISING VICAR

Posted 31st October 2017 by Maggie Clowes

THERE CAN HAVE BEEN FEW DULL MOMENTS IN APPLEBY AFTER THE ARRIVAL OF THE REVEREND ALBERT WARREN AS VICAR OF ST MICHAEL’S, BONGATE. There can have been few dull moments in Appleby after the arrival of the Reverend Albert Warren as vicar of St Michael's Bongate. He hit the local headlines with a no holds barred correspondence about the use of mesmerism as a cure, he organis…

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THE APPLEBY LEGION

Posted 22nd October 2017 by Maggie Clowes

The Royal British Legion hasn’t always been around. A British Legion was formed in 1921 and didn’t become “Royal” until 1971. Find out about its beginnings in Appleby. In 1916 a national group calling itself the Federation of Discharged and Demobilized Sailors and Soldiers was set up to protect their interests. Penrith had already formed a branch when a meeting wa…

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WILBERFORCE

Posted 22nd October 2017 by Maggie Clowes

Why was this little boy who died in Appleby given the name of the great reformer of the slave trade? His memorial stone in the porch of St Lawrence church tells us that he only lived for a week. He died in 1838, the son of the Vicar of St Lawrence, and his wife, Mary, a Milner before she married having been taken in as an orphan by her great-uncle, Isaac Milner. He was among…

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ELEVEN APPLEBY MEN WENT TO WAR

Posted 15th August 2017 by Maggie Clowes

The war was the Boer war fought between the British and the Dutch, both trying to gain control of South Africa at the beginning of the twentieth century. Short of regular troops, volunteers were called for and eleven men from appleby answered the call. In 1900 the Appleby Company of the 2nd Volunteer Brigade, Border Regiment marched away to serve in the second Boer War. Th…

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