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Gin and chronic in the shops of horror

The Westmorland Gazette:

1:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

Historian Peter Holme discovered an old Westmorland Gazette report, which recalls the horrors of the gin shops

Keeping warm in wartime winter

The Westmorland Gazette: Malcolm Wheatman

3:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014

Malcolm Wheatman, of Kendal, recalls life in the town during World War Two

Bridge at Beetham was simple way to keep traffic moving

The Westmorland Gazette: Beetham Bridge cost just £17,000 to build as an answer to growing congestion problems

1:00pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

Today you hardly notice Beetham bridge when travelling through the village.

Leisure time was precious in the 1950s

The Westmorland Gazette: Joan Humphreys as a girl

12:00pm Saturday 21st June 2014

Joan Humphreys, aged 78, of Kendal, recalls leisure time in the 1950s.

Kendal bridge built in 1907 is still well-used and appreciated today

The Westmorland Gazette: Dockray Bridge at the north end of Kendal

2:00pm Sunday 15th June 2014

Historian Arthur R. Nicholls continues his history of Kendal’s bridges

Making a playground slide was always the favourite

The Westmorland Gazette: Dorothy C. Maguire

1:00pm Friday 13th June 2014

Dorothy C. Maguire, 83, of Arnside, recalls her time as head teacher at Underbarrow School in the 1950s and 60s

Mountaineering library finds a perfect home

The Westmorland Gazette: The first meeting of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club at the iconic Wasterwater Hotel

8:00pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

ONE of the world’s most renowned collections of historic books on climbing and mountaineering has found a permanent new Lake District home.

Vast plain of sand has a treacherous history

The Westmorland Gazette: ‘Grange [over] Sands’, from Edwin Waugh’s Over Sands to the Lakes (1860)

12:00pm Sunday 8th June 2014

When travelling north from Lancaster station, I always try to sit on the left side of the train because it affords the best view of two sites I’m always pleased to see.

Mum's gown scared young war evacuee

The Westmorland Gazette: Malcolm Wheatman

11:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

Malcolm Wheatman, 83, of Kendal, recalls wartime evacuees

Kendal might have had an airport

The Westmorland Gazette: An early aeroplane near Appleby Road at Kendal in around 1920

10:00am Sunday 1st June 2014

Historian Arthur Nicholls recounts the days when hot air balloons were a cause of entertainment in Kendal - and how the town nearly got an airport

Riding the waltzers was such a scream

1:00pm Saturday 31st May 2014

Delia Daws (nee Towers), 82, of Kendal, recalls the travelling fairgroundthat came to the town in the 40s and 50s

Proud William was made a freeman of the borough

The Westmorland Gazette: The 1963 freeman presentation to William Fulton Pennington in Kendal Town Hall

2:00pm Sunday 25th May 2014

Kendal Civic Society’s Patricia Hovey and Trevor Hughes  recall the freeman of Kendal

Dad worked as adders sunbathed

The Westmorland Gazette: Jean Bland

12:00pm Saturday 24th May 2014

Jean Bland, 79, who was brought up in Grayrigg and Skelsmergh, remembers the bracken harvest in the 1950s

Streets immortalise famous forefathers

The Westmorland Gazette: The long, straight yard where twine was stretched in Camm’s Yard

4:00pm Sunday 18th May 2014

Historian Arthur Nicholls reveals the stories behind some of Kendal’s streets

A night out for one and ninepence

The Westmorland Gazette: Joan Humphreys as a girl

2:00pm Saturday 17th May 2014

Joan Humphreys, aged 78, of Kendal, remembers cinemas in the town in the 50s

NOSTALGIA: The day Dynasty star posed with a man-eating pike

The Westmorland Gazette: Joan Collins with the giant mechanical pike

12:00pm Sunday 11th May 2014

MAY 13 marks the 32nd anniversary of actress Joan Collins’ historic visit to Windermere.

Hills are on a slippery slope!

The Westmorland Gazette: Malcolm Wheatman

2:00pm Saturday 10th May 2014

Malcolm Wheatman, 83, of Kendal, recalls the area’s disappearing hills

Allotments are well worth preserving

The Westmorland Gazette: Joan Humphreys as a girl

3:00pm Sunday 4th May 2014

Joan Humphreys, 78, of Kendal, recalls allotments in Kendal

Tributes to townsfolk who left their mark

The Westmorland Gazette: Sandes Hospital in Kendal was built in 1659 by wool trader and mayor Thomas Sandes

12:00pm Sunday 27th April 2014

Historian Arthur Nicholls reveals the stories behind some of Kendal’s streets

Tricksters, guns and bandits

The Westmorland Gazette: Malcolm Wheatman

4:00pm Friday 25th April 2014

Malcolm Wheatman, 83, recalls the fairground arriving at hiring time

Recalling Sunday jaunts to Morecambe

The Westmorland Gazette: Malcolm Wheatman

5:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

Malcolm Wheatman, 83, recalls Sunday excursions in the 1940s

NOSTALGIA: Kendal surgeon helped put a stop to the slave trade

The Westmorland Gazette: Ecroyde (or possibly his father, John) Claxton

4:00pm Thursday 2nd January 2014

THE Dolben Act of 1788 established that each ship carrying ‘slaves’ must have on board a qualified surgeon.

Hidden memorials to town's greatest people

The Westmorland Gazette: The former Sandes Hospital

5:11pm Thursday 5th September 2013

Not all the public memorials of Kendal’s great are clearly in public view but they can be found if one knows where to look.

Photo recalls historic Kendal flood

The Westmorland Gazette: Do you remember this flood in Kendal?

5:09pm Thursday 5th September 2013

Thankfully it was not every day that you could see swans swimming in Stramongate, in front of the Provincial building, close to Kendal town centre. Does anyone know the date of this historic Kendal flood?

Deaths on Morecambe Bay are an age-old problem

The Westmorland Gazette: Milnthorpe Sands, Westmorland, showing Sandside, where many bathers were drowned and carts crossing the channels of the River Kent were lost.

11:44am Tuesday 3rd September 2013

THE Kent and Keer have swallowed many a man and his mare is a traditional dirge about the dangerous sands of Morecambe Bay.

Bracken-laden cart

The Westmorland Gazette: Can you offer any more information about this photo?

11:41am Tuesday 3rd September 2013

This cart is laden with bracken.

Wounded officer who returned to the battle

The Westmorland Gazette: Lieutenant Edward Bibby was wounded in a battle at Putot-en-Auge and later captured by the enemy. His body was never found.

5:44pm Thursday 22nd August 2013

A new local history book by Andrew Woolhouse pays tribute to a Heysham soldier with no known grave who was in the thick of the action during an assault in Normandy during the Second World War . . . 

Harvest time tea break

The Westmorland Gazette: Can you shed any light on the background to this photo?

5:42pm Thursday 22nd August 2013

It is important to make time for a tea break when the hay harvest is gathered in. Do you know who these fine gentleman are?

World was speeding to outbreak of war

The Westmorland Gazette: Milnthorpe volunteers went off to a Territorial Army camp at Barrow.

5:20pm Thursday 15th August 2013

GENERAL Wanted was a brief advert in The Westmorland Gazette in August, 1913.

Can you name this bridge?

The Westmorland Gazette: Can you identify this bridge?

5:17pm Thursday 15th August 2013

PACKHORSE bridges are some of the most distinctive landmarks in the Lake District landscape.

Soup kitchen in Kendal was a real life-saver

The Westmorland Gazette: Businessman George Braithwaite set up the soup kitchen in Dr Manning's Yard

5:42pm Thursday 8th August 2013

Historian Arthur Nicholls describes Kendal’s soup kitchen, which helped the needy in the 19th century . . .

A prize-winning fell pony

The Westmorland Gazette: Can you offer any more information about this photo?

5:39pm Thursday 8th August 2013

The agricultural show season has started and this image is of a farmer holding the reins of a prizewinning fell pony.

Old farmers best at preserving language

The Westmorland Gazette: Old language is best preserved in the speech of farmers and shepherds

4:48pm Thursday 1st August 2013

The inhabitants of the Lake District before the Norman conquest were from three main ethnic groups: Britons, Anglo-Saxons and Norsemen.

Wartime changed everything

The Westmorland Gazette: Delia Daws (nee Towers) aged 81, of Kendal, recalls wartime days in the town

4:47pm Thursday 1st August 2013

In September 1939, I was eight years old and attending Kirkland School at Kendal when the war broke out – and life changed completely.

When a Royal birth sparked a revolution

The Westmorland Gazette: Roger Bingham at the Castle Howe obelisk

6:00pm Thursday 25th July 2013

UNLIKE the arrival of the new Prince born to William and Kate this week, the birth in June, 1688, of James,, Prince of Wales, led not to rejoicing, but to revolution.

Unknown shepherd's prize-winning crooks

The Westmorland Gazette: Can you offer any more information about this photo?

5:58pm Thursday 25th July 2013

This unknown shepherd is pictured with his prizewinning crooks at a Lakeland show.

Bobby on the beat used to sound mountain rescue alarm

The Westmorland Gazette: A casualty is rescued in 2008

5:49pm Thursday 18th July 2013

In the last of a three-part series, historian Peter Holme. of Kendal, describes the history of Kendal Mountain Rescue Team . . .

Lakeland's old agricultural techniques

The Westmorland Gazette: A farmer using a flail in the Lyth Valley

5:46pm Thursday 18th July 2013

The flail is one of the oldest agricultural instruments known to man – it is used to thresh the grain on the threshing floors.

Summer always the busiest time for Lakeland's farmers

The Westmorland Gazette: Loading hay around 1930

5:09pm Thursday 11th July 2013

WITHIN living memory, haytime was the busiest period on Westmorland farms in high summer.

Memories of Ambleside's rushbearing festival

The Westmorland Gazette: Children take part in the festival

5:07pm Thursday 11th July 2013

This image is of the Rushbearing Festival at Ambleside which normally occurs on the first Saturday in July and originates from the tradition of replacing the rushes on the earth floors of churches.

Small items of major historical importance to Kendal

The Westmorland Gazette: Carol Davies with the old bell at Kendal Museum

2:13pm Thursday 4th July 2013

Historian Arthur Nicholls recounts the history of the old town bell . . .

Tobagganing in the Lake District

The Westmorland Gazette: Do you recognise anyone in this photo?

2:10pm Thursday 4th July 2013

With so many hills the Lakes is perfect for tobogganing and snow has always been enthusiastically greeted by younger residents.

How the Norse language influenced Cumbrian dialect

The Westmorland Gazette: Cockermouth is the place where the rivers Cocker and Derwent converge. Both the names ‘cocker’ and derwent’ derive from Cumbric words

5:31pm Thursday 27th June 2013

Psychologist and linguist Ed Conduit explains the influences of Cumbric on Lake District dialect . . .

Windermere before the boats had engines

The Westmorland Gazette: Can you shed any light on the background to this photo?

5:28pm Thursday 27th June 2013

Rowing boats were a feature on Windermere long before the steam and petrol engine came to the lake.

Travel by bus a far cry from modern Lake District mountain rescue

The Westmorland Gazette: Mountain rescue volunteers pose for the camera after taking part in an exercise with an early stretcher (Picture courtesy of K Fellfarers and Kendal Mountain Rescue Archives).

4:46pm Thursday 20th June 2013

In the second of a three-part Historian Peter Holme, of Kendal, describes the history of mountain rescue teams in the Lake District . . .

Do you recognise this wedding couple?

The Westmorland Gazette: The wedding photo

4:44pm Thursday 20th June 2013

The only information that we have about this lovely image of a wedding day is that it is of a newly married couple walking through a field of corn at Troutbeck.

Farm workers were only fell rescuers

The Westmorland Gazette: A 1956 mountain rescue exercise

5:55pm Thursday 13th June 2013

Historian Peter Holme, of Kendal, describes the launch of the first Lake District mountain rescue teams . . .

Enjoying a break at Grasmere

The Westmorland Gazette: Camping at Grasmere

5:53pm Thursday 13th June 2013

This image of a fine sunny day at a Grasmere campsite is complete with Ford Anglia, Morris Traveller and the latest in tent technology and camping equipment.

Gun was originally a signal for lunch

The Westmorland Gazette: Children pose with the gun

6:03pm Thursday 6th June 2013

Historian Arthur Nicholls reveals the history of Kendal’s time guns

A Lakeland shearing scene

The Westmorland Gazette: Lake District shearers at work

6:01pm Thursday 6th June 2013

Sheep shearing is an important part of the farming calendar and normally happens after lambing is over and before the onset of really warm summer weather.



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