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Appleby Flooding

Posted 30th December 2015 by Maggie Clowes

Rumour has it that following the horrific flood on December 5th the bridge linking the two parts of the town will be closed since it is said to have shifted Until the coming of the Normans the only way to cross the Eden was by the ford at Bongate. Once the Norman lord arrived and built his castle a bridge was needed. It is not clear whether this first bridge was timber or sto…

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Appleby Primary School 1947

Posted 30th September 2010 by Admin & Contributed by: Sheila M Tallentire (nee Patterson)
Newsletter Vol: 91, September 2010

I was living at Moor House, Warcop. Moor House is situated just off the A66 and my brother David and I walked to the AA box situated on the Sandford/Warcop road to catch the Ribble bus to Appleby. A year later we were joined by my brother Gordon and we all cycled to Dyke Nook farm, where we left our bicycles in a small shelter. The bus fare was 2 pence in old money. When …

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Appleby Primary School 1944

Posted 30th September 2010 by Admin & Contributed by: John Tallentire
Newsletter Vol: 91, September 2010

I was living at High Griseburn at Great Asby, which is 3 miles out of the village so I cycled to Asby to catch the bus (Robinson’s Coaches?), driven by Gally from Asby, to Appleby via Ormside. I was 12½ years old and in the first intake from Asby school. Mr Clarkson was the teacher of Senior 2. There were 8 girls and 30 boys in Senior 2. Mr Clarkson only had one hand a…

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Appleby Primary School in the 1940s

Posted 30th September 2010 by Admin & Contributed by: Jennifer Watson (nee Crockley)
Newsletter Vol: 91, September 2010

I was born in Birmingham but I started school in Appleby in 1942. The reason for this was the Second World War and the Blitz. The company that my father worked for was called Wagon Repairs and in 1940 they relocated to Appleby because it was beyond the range of the range of the German bombers that were trying to obliterate cities in the Midlands and Southern England. All the…

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Memories of Appleby County School from the Other Side of the World

Posted 30th September 2010 by Admin & Contributed by: Rona Kapis, Auckland, New Zealand
Newsletter Vol: 91, September 2010

My first day, Spring 1950, daffodils in jam jars all along the windowsills of Miss Thornton’s classroom. I ran away that first day, on the way back from the canteen across the road, with brother Alan (Squire), and Miss Jenkinson, in hot pursuit as I headed down the road towards the railway bridge. Other memories include making Chinese lanterns for Christmas decorations us…

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