Republished here are the papers presented to the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society in the year 1904. Spread over 385 pages and including many illustrations it is a wonderful insight in to the archaeological and antiquarian heritage of both Cumberland and Westmorland.
The topics covered by the society were certainly diverse as can be seen by just some of the topics included in this publication. They include: Inglewood Forest, a Sandwith-Grindal pedigree, Gospatrik's Charter, Roman Alters from Cumberland, a Panel of Tapestry at High House, Hawkshead, Penruddock Prebyterian Meet-house, Anne, Countess of Pembroke and Recent Finds, Mediaeval and Romano-British, in and near Carlisle.
Anyone with an interest in the history, antiquity and archaeology of Cumberland or Westmorland will find this a fascinating read.
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Originally published in London 1901 by MacMillan & Co., Ltd., this 1903 edition of the Highways and Byways in the Lake District, is republished here in fully-searchable digital format. Macmillan began publishing the Highways & Byways series in 1899 and by 1909 had completed almost twenty publications in the series, which extended across the length and breadth of England, Scotland and Wales, with one publication on Normandy and and another on Ireland. This highly popular series continued until the beginning of the Second World War. In May 2009 Pan Macmillan reissued a one-volume collection of the best of the Highways and Byways series offering a glimpse of the very best of Britain.
The Highways and Byways in the Lake District contains just over 320 printed pages, including a map of the Lakes marking the route taken by the author, Arthur Granville Bradley and more than 100 pen and ink illustrations by Joseph Pennell, providing as with all of the Highways and Byways series a wonderful mix of topography, local history and folklore, which perhaps more than ever allows the reader to rediscover parts of Britain that have long disappeared under a morass of concrete, which is perhaps fortunately less the case with the Lake District than other areas of Britain.
Arthur Bradley undertook only eleven 'tours' on which he reported in the Highways and Byways in the Lake District, which is perhaps misleading, as he chose to structure his travels in thirteen chapters, which included many meanderings off his main routes. The major stops on Bradley's tour of the Lake District include: Penrith - his starting point for a number of the tours - Carlisle; Strickland; Kendal; Keswick; Ravenglass and the most westerly point on his travels, St. Bee's.
Much of the charm a vigour of the Highways and Byways series which has stood the test of time is down to the travellers and in the case of the Lake District this is no exception. Arthur Granville Bradley (1850-1943) was a renowned English 'traveller' in the Victorian sense of the word as well as well-published author, with popular works such as The Fight with France for North Africa, Sketches of Old Virginia, a History of Marlborough College as well as a biography of Captain John Smith to his credit. The Highways and Byways in the Lake District is replete with more than 100 pen and ink sketches by Joseph Pennell (1857-1926). Pennell, an American artist and author, was a friend and biographer of James Whistler, whose chief distinction is that of an original etcher, lithographer and illustrator. Pennell's works and the added association with Whistler make any publication associated with his work a much sought after acquisition and the Highways and Byways in Lake District is no exception.
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Published in Manchester in 1885 by T. Bulmer & Co., the full title of the Westmoreland Directory amply describes the breadth and depth of this publication: 'History, Topography, and Directory of Westmoreland, Comprising its Ancient and Modern History; A General View of its Physical Features; its Mines, Manufactures and Agricultural Statistics; Historical and Descriptive Sketches of each Town, Parish and Manor; Family History and Genealogical Descent; Biographical Sketches of the Principal Westmoreland Worthies, to which is also added a List of the Seats and Residences of the Nobility, Gentry and Clergy', in short, a completed compendium of Westmoreland in 1885.
Containing just over seven hundred printed pages and republished here in fully-searchable digital format, the Westmoreland Directory is introduced by an historical narrative of the county's settlement followed by a description of its geography and geology. This is followed by a section on all aspects of the county and local government of the county ranging from the constabulary to the county's accounts and the names and seats of the nobility, gentry and clergy of the county. However, this is just a forward to the majority of the directory, which consists of an alphabetical description of all of the villages, towns, cities and parishes contained therein. An example of just one of these will suffice to indicate the breadth, depth and usefulness of this publication. Of the parish of Crosby Garrett, the Westmoreland Directory introduces the parish by providing its gross area and income and population in 1871 and 1881 - which had fallen from 585 to 224 - before providing a topographical and historical description of the parish, which derived its name from 'Cross Town' and its is supposed that Garrett was an ancient owner of the manor. However, as the Directory reports, there is no historical record of the Manor prior to 1296 when it was held by the Soulby family. The parish is dedicated to St. Andrew and the earliest portions of the Church for which there is a detailed description dates from the 12th century. There follows descriptions of the parochial schools and places of worship and the notable hamlets and villages that were situated within the parish, together with all of the residents of note. This level of description and record is to be found throughout the directory and in places even exceeds the quite detailed description provided for Crosby Garrett.
While the original publication contains no overall listing for the nobility, merchants and traders featured in the Westmoreland Directory, as this title is full-searchable this absence is not burdensome. For anyone interested in the descriptions of the places and people of Westmoreland in the late 19th century this is an essential resource.
The original Gentleman's Magazine contained articles on a vast array of subjects, including lots of wonderful topographical pieces.
In 1891 George Gomme republished all of these topograhical articles but edited and indexed them into county specific order. Each of Gomme's works contains between two and four separate counties.
An absolute goldmine of information about the county, its people and its places.
This is one of the most important resources that we have seen, and one that should be of great interest to all family historians. Published in 1772 it was the handbook of the duties and responsibilities of the Parish Officer.
It includes the duties of the overseers of the poor, the power in relieving, employing and settling, etc. of poor persons; the laws relating to the poor, and settlements, and the statutes concerning masters and servants. The right of Settlement was something that was of great concern to all of our ancestors. Basically, to be able to have right of settlement in a parish, one had to be born there, married there or serving an apprenticeship there. Proof was all-important, especially if a person became destitute and needed support from the parish. Parish officers would have people literally evicted and transported to another parish under such circumstances. What happened about bastardy? What obligations does an apprentice have to his master and vice-versa? This book describes it all, together with the supporting laws.
Other sections of the book include the authority and duty of constables, tithingmen, etc.; churchwardens, how they should be chosen, their duties, church accounts, repairing of churches, etc. There are some very interesting punishments for not attending church and keeping to the rules! There is a section on surveying the highways, Scavengers, methods of taxation of the highways, and laws. And finally, the duties and powers of Watchmen.
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