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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…


Robert Workman: An Appleby Criminal

Posted 26th April 2016 by David Lowis

Robert Workman was baptized 25 June 1837, Dacre, the son of Thomas and Mary Workman. In the 1841 census Thomas Workman, miller, and his family were living at High Mill, Lorton Cockermouth. The family included Robert aged four. In 1851 the family had moved to Crackenthorpe mill, Appleby by which time the family comprised four sons and a daughter. The family later lived at Clibur…


Have You Got Any Pictures of this Bird?

Posted 19th April 2016 by R I Campbell

Whistling Kiddicar doubles in size: Demo in Appleby. PERCHED OUTSIDE THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL? (After a VERY short landing!) The aircraft in question is a Vampire T 11, the trainer version of the Vampire fighter. At some time 60's (1967?) Appleby ATC Flight won a competition run by the Dept of the Environment to have a Vampire T 11 mounted outside their school, fol…


Why Come to Appleby?

Posted 19th April 2016 by Maggie Clowes

The Appleby Attractions committee in 1894 wanted to set up swimming (in the river) and golf clubs in the town. They obviously thought there was a lack of things to do. But on the very same page was an article extolling the lack of attractions: “ There is nothing to allure you and distract you but the river and country scenes. The whole county of Westmorland does not posses…


Judge Travels To Court by Boat

Posted 5th April 2016 by Maggie Clowes

It never came to this but it was the nightmare of one local councillor after a decade of severe flooding. The Westmorland Gazette reporter in the early years was dismissive of the harm done. In 1851 he wrote, “No great amount of damage”; the corporation would not have agreed - the new trees they had planted by the river were swept away. He must have come back in 18…


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