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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.

Cumbria's first police chief forged top force

The Westmorland Gazette: Sir John Dunne, the first chief constable of Cumberland and Westmorland. Picture courtesy of Cumbria Constabulary

5:45pm Thursday 30th May 2013

Alan Bryant recalls the impact made by the first chief constable of Cumberland and Westmorland Police . . .

Cockling on Morecambe Bay

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

5:40pm Thursday 30th May 2013

This picture is of a fisherman from Bolton-le-Sands who regularly went out cockling on the sands in Morecambe Bay.

The most desolate Roman outpost of them all

The Westmorland Gazette: Hardknott Fort. Photo: English Heritage

5:35pm Thursday 23rd May 2013

Kasper Evers, phd fellow and former graduate from Lancaster University, tells the story of Britain’s most scenic Roman ruins.

An old Lakeland skill

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

5:32pm Thursday 23rd May 2013

Oak swill baskets are connected to a wealth of coppice industries in this region. They are incredibly strong, and it is rumoured that if they are made well enough, they are watertight - hence the name 'swill.'

147 Egyptian objects all donated to Kendal Museum

The Westmorland Gazette: Morag Clement with an Egyptian vase from the collection

5:22pm Thursday 16th May 2013

Curator Morag Clement reveals why Kendal Museum has an Egyptology Collection . . .

A Lakeland farming scene

5:20pm Thursday 16th May 2013

A characteristic feature of Lakeland farm architecture is the Spinning Gallery. This one at Yew Tree Farm, near Coniston, has been frequently photographed.

Boom of the time gun was heard everywhere

The Westmorland Gazette: The time gun in Kendal's Serpentine Woods.

5:33pm Thursday 9th May 2013

Mervyn Bowley, who worked in the Kendal Borough Treasurer’s office from 1933 to 1938, recalls how local people kept track of the time in the 1920s.

Interesting sculptures at Reagill

The Westmorland Gazette: The house at Reagill

5:32pm Thursday 9th May 2013

The limited information that we hold about this image is that it is of a house at Reagill.

Future also matters to Kendal Civic Society

The Westmorland Gazette: The Kendal town centre police office yard

5:38pm Thursday 2nd May 2013

In the second of a two-part series, Arthur R. Nicholls, vice-chairman, describes the work of Kendal Civic Society

Cars help date photos

The Westmorland Gazette: Can you identify where this shot was taken?

5:37pm Thursday 2nd May 2013

Cars have been a feature of the Lake District landscape for many years now.

Saving Kendal for future generations

The Westmorland Gazette: Dockwray Hall Bridge is put into place

4:57pm Friday 26th April 2013

Arthur R. Nicholls, vice-chairman of Kendal Civic Society, reveals how it was formed 50 years ago.

Young artists enjoy Ruskin's view

The Westmorland Gazette: Artists enjoy the weather at Brantwood

4:54pm Friday 26th April 2013

The weather must have been somewhat warmer when this picture of young artists painting outside at Brantwood, near Coniston, was taken.

Project documents Yorkshire Dales life as it was

The Westmorland Gazette: May Day celebrations in Settle in 1935 and (inset) William ‘Bill’ Mitchell

5:39pm Thursday 18th April 2013

A PROJECT to digitalise an archive of 400 taped interviews capturing life in the Yorkshire Dales in the 20th Century has been completed.

May Day in Hawkshead

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

5:35pm Thursday 18th April 2013

This image is of May Day celebrations in Hawkshead. May Day celebrations are often lively affairs that celebrate spring and involve morris dancing, the crowning of a May Queen and dancing around the maypole.

Leonard's legacy sees HF still taking a lead

The Westmorland Gazette: Holidaymakers in Keswick in 1938

5:36pm Thursday 11th April 2013

Steve Backhouse, HF Holidays’ head of holidays, based in Penrith, con-tinues his history of the Holiday Fellow-ship and founder TA Leonard . . .

A Lakeland lambing season scene

The Westmorland Gazette: Lambing time remains one of the busiest periods for farmers

5:34pm Thursday 11th April 2013

This picture was taken at Low Longmire Farm, which is near the village of Colton, to the south of Coniston and Windermere.

Fresh air and fells for the rambling pioneers

The Westmorland Gazette: A group of 30 mill workers from Colne in Lancashire with T A Leonard outside a guest house during the first walking holiday in 1891. Mr Leonard, who went on to establish The Holiday Fellowship in 1913, is fifth from the left on the second row

5:32pm Thursday 4th April 2013

Steve Backhouse, HF Holidays’ head of holidays, based in Penrith, reveals the story of the Holiday Fellowship, which has its roots in the Lakes.

A tranquil scene on the shore of Windermere

The Westmorland Gazette: The photo probably dates from the 1930s

5:30pm Thursday 4th April 2013

This picture is taken from the shore of Windermere and probably dates from the 1930s when the steam yacht, Esperance, was being used as a houseboat.

Memories of a harsh Lakeland winter

The Westmorland Gazette: A class 5 Mixed Traffic locomotive picking up water on Tebay troughs in 1964. It is pictured heading north towards Carlisle with a parcel train. The troughs can be seen between the rails.

4:39pm Thursday 28th March 2013

Len Clark, 75, of Tebay, a track maintenance man on the West Coast Main Line for 43 years, recalls working during the long, harsh winter of 1962-63.

Tackling household chores at Loweswater

The Westmorland Gazette: A scene from Loweswater

4:38pm Thursday 28th March 2013

This photograph shows a farmer's wife pegging out the washing on a fresh spring day at Loweswater.

Engineer with mining in his blood

The Westmorland Gazette: Bill Shaw

5:45pm Thursday 14th March 2013

Carol Davies, Curator Natural History, describes the man behind the Bill Shaw mineral collection at Kendal Museum.

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