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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…


Perhaps 1968 Wasn't the Worst Flood!

Posted 17th March 2016 by Maggie Clowes

Read the full account which appeared in the Westmorland Gazette on February 23rd 1822. WESTMORLAND GAZETTE Sat Feb 9 1822 (referring to Feb 2 1822) "FLOOD Appleby was almost completely inundated by the flood on Saturday last; and the damage which the awful element has done is almost incalculable. About one o’clock in the afternoon the river began to overfl…


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