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Castles of Cumbria
Author:
M J Jackson
Category:
Carlisle Archives stockist
Price:
£6.95
ISBN No.:
1 872365 05 1
Published:
1990
Product:
CAC/CumbCastles/70000/C
 

This publication, part of a series by the same author on the medieval castles of England, packs a huge amount of invaluable information into its handy size. An introduction to castle construction is followed by the gazetteer of castle sites in Cumbria. Each entry gives geographic location, concise details of ruins and groundworks evident and a brief history, fully referenced to the major published sources. Many entries are supported by black and white photographs and plans. A chronology, bibliography and glossary are also included.
Paperback. 120 pages. 21 x 15 x 1 cm

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The Cumberland Miner: the official organ of the Cumberland iron ore miners
Author:
West Cumbria Mines Research Group
Category:
Industrial history
Price:
£15.00
Published:
2008
Product:
Cumbminer/70000/W
 

This volume is a modern reproduction of the journal 'The Cumberland Miner' published between January 1908 and March 1911 and edited by local labour activist T Gavan-Duffy. The originals, number 1-17 are the only ones known to exist anywhere and are a unique insight into the activities of trade unionism amongst West Cumbrian iron ore miners.  Topics included the state of local mines, strikes and protests, mining accidents and inquests, and activities and accounts of the Cumberland Iron Ore Miners Association. Even the advertisements of local businesses and trades-people carried in the original are reproduced in this volume. Anyone with ancestors involved in the industry or interested in iron ore mining would enjoy and learn from this reproduction by the West Cumbria Mines Research Group.
Paperback. 226 pages. 30 x 21 x 1.5 cm.

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The diary of John Burns: captive of the French in 1799
Author:
Edited by Jean Ward and Anne Dick
Category:
Local history/biography
Price:
£4.50
ISBN No.:
0905 404 734
Published:
1999
Product:
Burns/70000/W
 

John Burns (1782-1834) was a Whitehaven mariner captured off the coast of Spain in 1799 by Spanish privateers and then handed over to the French. His diary presents an enthralling account of his 1250 mile walk from the Franco-Spanish border to imprisonment in the Loire Valley and thereafter back to England and Whitehaven during 1799-1800.
Paperback. Black and white illustrations. 60 pages. 21 x 14.5 x 0.5 cm.

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Memories of South Lakeland: an illustrated collection of local history articles
Author:
Roger K Bingham
Category:
Local history
Price:
£12.00
ISBN No.:
978 0 9509991 4 2
Published:
2011
Product:
SouthLakes/70000/B
 

This book is based on a collection of Roger Bingham's short history articles originally published in the Westmorland Gazette. The collection covers all manner of interesting and amusing subjects relating to the history of Kendal, Milnthorpe and the South Lakes.

Paperback. 164 pages. 21 x 20 x 0.5 cm. Black and white, and colour illustrations.

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Much cry of Kendal wool
Author:
Edward Meryon Wilson
Category:
Local history
Price:
£2.50
ISBN No.:
0 9506997 0 5
Published:
1980
Product:
Kendalwool/70000/K
 
'But as the Devil would have it, three misbegotten knaves in Kendal green came at me'. So says Falstaff to Prince Hal in Shakespeare's Henry IV part I.  This is just one of the entries in this fascinating anthology of original records relating to the Kendal wool trade c1420-1720, compiled from sources local and national both historical and literary. With an extensive introduction on the sources and on the Kendal wool trade and Kendal wool men in London and the provinces.
Paperback. 42 pages. 23.5 x 15.5 x 0.5 cm
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Skelton, Penrith and the World, 1943-1993
Author:
Ken Davies
Category:
Local history
Price:
£2.50
ISBN No.:
0905404637
Published:
1995
Product:
Skelton/70000/C
 

Relates the history of half a century of the BBC short wave radio transmitting station at Skelton near Penrith and its impact on the local community, and how a small Cumbrian village helped "a Nation to speak to a Nation". Fully illustrated throughout by fascinating historic photographs. With a foreword by John Tusa, former Head of BBC World Services.
Paperback. 62 pages. 21 x 15 x 0.5 cm.

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The Sound of Musicals
Author:
Graham Whalan
Category:
Local history
Price:
£7.99
ISBN No.:
978-15262-0596-4
Published:
2016
Product:
BAC/Musicals/70000/B
 

Amateur theatre has thrived in the South Lakes for more than 100 years. This is a comprehensive record of the continuing development of musical theatre is this area and a tribute to the talented generations of producers and performers involved.  For each local amateur group it is also a reminder of their memorable successes as well as those from the past only dimly remembered.
Paperback, 331 pages, 14.5 x 21 x 2 cm, many black and white illustrations.

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