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AN UNPUBLISHED AUTOBIOGRAPHY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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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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RAILWAY CATASTROPHE - EMBANKMENT COLLAPSES

Posted 2nd June 2016 by Maggie Clowes

The serious landslide at Armathwaite was not the first to affect the Carlisle Settle line. Buried in the scrapbooks kept by the Heelis family, now in the keeping of the Appleby and Westmorland Society is an article headed “Appleby Railway Landslide”. New Year’s night, 1925 witnessed the worst flood in the town for seventy years. The road was so damaged in Chapel Street…

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There's Trouble Oop T'ill

Posted 22nd May 2016 by R I Campbell

We found this as a loose typescript in the Archive; it shows that there has often been dispute about the fair ground at Gallows Hill (shown above)! From a copy of "The Newcastle Chronicle" of Saturday June 22nd, 1776 (found in the office of G and B A Heelis, Solicitors, Appleby) Township of Bondgate, within the Manor of Appleby, in the county of Westmorland Whereas…

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