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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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Wartime Health

Posted 14th May 2017 by Maggie Clowes

Appleby was immensely proud of its Red House Hospital run by VADs for convalescent service men but who looked after the civilian population? A TOWN WITH NO HOSPITAL In 1914 Appleby had two doctors - Dr Andrew Sprott and Dr Harvey de Montmorency both of whom were based in Boroughgate. in addition there was the Sick Nursing Association which had been set up by Lady Hothfiel…

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