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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…



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…


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…


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