More about the Cliffords………..

    Adrian Waite,  a member of the Appleby Archaeology Group, sends a flier for his book ‘The Clifford Household during the Wars of the Roses 1450 – 1487’. See a larger version here. Also see his website for more on medieval history.

Do you live in a Cumbrian house built before 1940?

Freya Wise is a postgraduate researcher with The Open University.  Her research is looking at ways to reduce carbon emissions from residential heritage buildings in Cumbria while retaining their heritage values and unique character. She is currently running an anonymous online survey directed at people who live in older buildings (pre 1940) in Cumbria. This survey is seeking to provide broad context to a small number of case studies that will take place next year. The survey is asking questions about: What people value about their older building, in terms of its age, architecture, materials etc. What sort of energy behaviours they engage in and their level of comfort in the building What changes they would or would not countenance to the building to reduce carbon emissions and save energy. The survey closes at the end of December and she is trying to get as many responses as possible so

Kendal Archives – Update

Kendal Archives have changed their arrangements!   They will now take bookings for a table space by 4pm the day before but you no longer need to pre-order documents (unless they are in storage elsewhere).   They say: We will open for three days a week from Wednesday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.. We will remain open over lunchtime subject to staff availability. If we have to close for lunch, closures will be between 12.30-1.30pm and a notice will be posted on our website and in the searchroom before 9.30am on the day of the closure.   Do note however, that car parking is currently limited to a few places only due to resurfacing work which will continue until next April.  Also, the archives will be closed for an hour over lunch on December 11th. See here and here for  more details….

Restoration of a Corn Mill – a celebration and a share offer!

  The corn mill at Warwick Bridge has been restored to working order! To celebrate, there will be an open afternoon on Sunday December 15th, with bakes, mulled wine & clog dancing (see the attached flier). There will also be an opportunity to investigate their offer of shares in this community project – more information here. These photographs of Warwick Bridge Corn Mill and the beautifully refurbished mill stones are by Graham Brooks of Warwick Bridge Corn Mill Ltd who has also provided the following account of this project’s progress. THE STORY OF SAVING WARWICK BRIDGE CORN MILL. Warwick Bridge has had a corn mill, the manorial mill for the manor of Great Corby, from at least the 12th century. The manor during the medieval period was split into two parts and the mill became a double mill with a section for each part of the manor. This continued until

The History of Furniture in Cumbria

Regional Furniture , the Journal of the Regional Furniture Society, includes a number of illustrated articles on aspects of the history of furniture in Cumbria ; volumes 1 (1987) to 30 (2016) are available online, free of charge, with later volumes being made available online free of charge three years after their publication; accordingly, vol. 32 (2018), which includes an article by Peter Brears on the ‘Social History of Oak Furniture in Cumbria’ , will become available online to non-members in 2021. Articles in past journals include those on ‘Furniture for the Settle-Carlisle Railway’ (vol. 14, 2000), William Collingwood’s Lake District interiors (vol.14, 2000), ‘Fitted Press Cupboards and Built-in Wall Cupboards of the Lake District’ (vol.24, 2010), and ‘Saving the Great House Press; Observations made during the dismantling and rebuilding of a Seventeenth Century built-in Lake District press-cupboard’ from Troutbeck which is now in the Armitt Museum (vol. 28, 2014).

A Contribution to Railway History

The November 2019 issue of Pine Cone, The Newsletter of The Friends of St Mary’s Church, Wreay, takes a railway theme with articles on the oak tree which Sarah Losh ensured was protected when the railway line ran through her estate south of Carlisle; on the death of the labourer working on the construction of the Lancaster and Carlisle railway through Wreay in 1845; and on the history of Wreay and the railway, drawing on the text made available in the Sarah Losh Heritage Centre at Wreay.

Archaeology in the Lake District Conference

The CLHF was pleased to have a display at the Archaeology in the Lake District conference held at Rheged on 9 November and to welcome Federation members and potential members. The subjects of the eight illustrated conference talks ranged in date in particular from the Middle Ages to the present day. Members of the Lake District Archaeology Volunteer Network spoke about recent survey work which has revealed a large number of sites previously unrecorded on the Historic Environment Record. Lydia Loopesko of the Northern Archaeological Associates stressed the importance of historic landscape surveys and revealed how through increasingly sophisticated equipment and techniques, including Lidar and Satellite Imagery, surveys of the Derwentwater and Little Langdale areas had found 600 and 240 new sites respectively. Dr Rob Philpott reported that the scientific analysis of the slags and charcoal found on an iron industry site at Satterthwaite associated with the Abbey of Furness,

Haile Hall

Over the course of its 122 year history, Country Life has published a number of illustrated articles on historic buildings, also gardens, in Cumbria. The most recent such article ‘ A family affair : Haile Hall, Cumberland, The home of Tristan Ponsonby and Stefano Todde’ appears in the issue published on 30 October 2019. Illustrated by colour photographs, John Martin Robinson provides an account of the history of Haile Hall and its recent, exemplary restoration. Remarkably, Haile Hall has remained in the Ponsonby family since the late 13th century; the present building dates from the late 16th century with extensions in the 17th and 18th centuries. Whitehaven Archives Centre holds a large quantity of the archives of the Ponsonby family; most recently, with funds made available by the Friends of Cumbria Archives, the Centre was able to acquire some Ponsonby family scrapbooks at an auction in Edinburgh. Earlier this year,

CLHF Trustees update

At its meeting on 6 November the Committee of CLHF agreed unanimously that the two independent Trustees of the Federation, Jill Wishart and Jane Platt, be accorded honorary membership of the Federation.  Their appointment as Trustees, together with the Chairman of the Federation, Peter Roebuck, stems from the Charity Commission’s acceptance of the new constitution agreed at the AGM in October.

Service at Kendal Archives – update.

Preliminary indications are that, following a consultation exercise, there will be some amelioration in the access arrangements for searchers at the Kendal Office of the Cumbria Archive Service.  Full details will be reported here as soon as they are to hand.

Cluster meeting feedback

The CLHF held four cluster meetings in June with member groups, one in each quarter of the county.  The meetings were found to be very valuable and provided much food for thought. The Editor of Local History News has commissioned an article from CLHF summarising the process and outcomes of the four Cluster Meetings organised in June.  The article has been delivered and will appear in the forthcoming January 2020 number of the News.

Updated Guide for Speakers

The CLHF has previously provided member groups with a Guide to Good Practice in creating and delivering a programme of speakers. Now, after further consultation ,with member groups, this Guide has been updated (see the introduction to the Directory of Speakers on our Resources page). The British Association for Local History knows about our Directory of Speakers (elsewhere on this site) and the ‘Guide’ to booking speakers which went  with it .  The ‘Guide’ has now been revised and expanded and appears under the title of ‘Delivering a Programme of Speakers’.  The BALH has asked, and the Committee of CLHF has agreed, that this updated version appear on the Association’s website as an example of good practice.  See the revised Guide  here 

CLHF AGM & Annual Convention

Many thanks to the Helena Thompson Museum for hosting our event this year and fitting us in to their building with such ease!  Particular thanks to Tricia who dealt with problems arising on the day with particular skill, and to the clever man in charge of the museum’s car park who worked a particular magic with the spaces available! We’ve had much good feedback about the day, especially obviously the individual talks (see programme).  All in all, a good day – with many thanks to those who came!