ONE of the first times a black slave was permitted
to share a white persons burial plot in England happened in
Whitehaven in 1700. And the Whitehaven burial in St Nicholas
churchyard, of the slave called Jane, was in defiance of the then
law stating that no African could be buried in a churchyard. The burial
was that of the slave servant of Mildred Gale, grandmother of the
first US president, George Washington. More.....
Osprey viewing point planned
2013 there were four pairs of Osprey in
the Lake District and prospects look good for the birds. There are
plans for a
second Osprey viewing point...Read how this year's juvenile birds
coped with crossing the Sahara desert on their migration
Dramatic inversion below Red Pike caught in superb
picture by @adrianstrand
Check out these excellent illustrated walks for
the Northern mountains.Skiddaw
Roman Fort on
A rare chance to see a giant bust of the Emperor
Hadrian comes to Cumbria...find out more at foot of our Romans
in Cumbria page.
Learn to Speak Cumbrian?
Find out what it means to be Gattered
and the many other dialect Cumbrian words that hark back to the
days when the Vikings were the main farmers in the Lakeland dales.
Such words as Knock and knash, neb, mush and scran are just some
of those explained on this Dialect Dictionary web site.
in the Lakes..
MPs brought an end to John Peel's sport
in February 2005.
Follow this link to find out more about the Lakeland
hunting packs and to hear John Peel's song.
Find out about the restoration of Donald Campbell's
not to be confused with the K777 replica that has been
controversially in the news.
Cockermouth will once
again be the foodie heaven....this year the weekend celebrating Cumbrian
food takes place September 27-28.
The 2014 Taste Cumbria festival starts on Friday 26 September with
a beer festival and comedy night. Then, on Saturday 27 and Sunday
28 September, there will be a packed weekend of masterclasses, demonstrations
and Grub Club family activities, as well as a Produce Market with
around 100 stalls offering tastings, shopping and foodie activities.
West Cumbria to be 'blessed' with biggest Atomic
Power Station in Europe...
Japanese industrial giant Toshiba has formally taken a controlling
stake in NuGen, the consortium behind plans to build three reactors
at Moorside, near Sellafield. The consortium has also reached an
agreement of around £200m to acquire the Moorside site from
the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The development needs
massive subsidy support which will have to be reviewed by EU competition
The area is already likely to be the home of the UK's nuclear
waste for several centuries. More
it all about?
Saving the Lakes from an Army of Conifers
A Tale to amuse Jonathan Swift?
they took the first elephants to Australia!
The quiet shores of the Solway
St Bega's Walk
Find out about the inter-Irish 'Murphy Riots'
Ennerdale, the quiet valley
Cockermouth after the Floods
Find out some of the ways Cumbria was embroiled
in the Cold War...Read on
National Park to Expand...
inquiry will be held in June 2013 to decide whether to allow the Yorks
Park to take in the Howgills.
Changes to the Lake District would see the inclusion of an area from
Birkbeck Fells Common to Whinfell Common in the east of the national
park, and in the south an area from Helsington Barrows to Sizergh
Fell and part of the Lyth Valley.
Proposed changes to the boundaries of the Yorkshire Dales include
taking in parts of the Orton Fells, the northern Howgill Fells, Wild
Boar Fell and Mallerstang to the north and including Barbon, Middleton,
Casterton and Leck Fells, the River Lune and part of Firbank Fell
and other fells to the west. The M6 would mark the boundary between
the two parks.
The eccentric pioneering rock climber and Borrowdale
caveman Millican Dalton...more .
Dump for West Lakeland ?
granite under parts of Eskdale and Wasdale may prove ideal for the
UK's proposed underground nuclear dump(estimated
cost so far £4.3 billion).
Meanwhile the guardians of the Lakes, the National Park Authority
says it's inappropriate to object...Lakestay disagrees and says it
is much better to keep the waste above ground where it can be monitored.
But huge community 'bribes' may cloud Cumbrians' judgement.....Read
more on this important issue...or see the
Meanwhile the quango, West Cumbria Tourism is part funded by Nuclear
Management Partners, operators of Sellafield.
Wasdale Shepherds Meet enjoyed late summer sun. Trail
hounds race for the finish (Pic M.McKenzie) Meanwhile Cumbrian
foxhunting packs wait to see if the new government
rescind the Foxhunting Ban?
This was the last sermon at the church before the reservoir
flooded the valley.
Read about another
chapel lost forever.
Wildlife in your parish
Tullie House at Carlisle has this excellent web site which tells you
which rare species live in every parish of Cumbria...
Child Labour in Cumbrian Mines
Life was cheap
as coal was hewn under the Irish Sea..Learn
more at our web site
The Coniston postman always....
a picture of the wonder of the Lakes each day..join him at www.lakelandcam.co.uk