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4 03, 2023

St Michael’s and All Angels Church, Addingham


A solitary red sandstone church stands on open land between the village of Glassonby and the large stone circle known as Long Meg & Her Daughters.  It is dedicated to St Michael and All Angels and dates to the 16th  century, but why is it [...]

St Michael’s and All Angels Church, Addingham2023-12-06T13:53:10+00:00
25 10, 2019

Life and death in Lamplugh – 1658 to 1663


For unexplained deaths today, we have autopsies and coroner’s reports, but back in the 17th century all sorts of weird and wonderful reasons were given to explain a death.  In the Parish Registers of Lamplugh in Cumbria, a remarkable document has survived.  It lists the [...]

Life and death in Lamplugh – 1658 to 16632019-10-25T11:54:52+00:00
9 10, 2019

Connecting with Lake District landscapes


Many thanks to Friends of the Lake District for organising a fascinating exercise about connecting with Lake District landscapes.  We were asked to identify the various elements of a landscape and to consider their effect on us.  What were the dominant features?  How did the [...]

Connecting with Lake District landscapes2019-10-09T08:26:56+00:00
6 10, 2019

Life on the Lake at Windermere Jetty


A wet day in the Lakes generally invites indoor exploration for a Blue Badge Tourist Guide - so it was a perfect time to consider life on the Lake at Windermere Jetty!  My destination was the newly re-vamped former Steamboat Museum.   It holds a large [...]

Life on the Lake at Windermere Jetty2019-10-06T17:09:27+00:00
3 10, 2019

Coniston’s power-house – now and in the future


High on the flanks of Coniston Old Man is a little-known yet important industrial archaeological site - Coniston's power-house. Historically, Coniston was known for two main industries: copper and slate.  Copper was worked from the mid-1500s up to the 1890s; its presence given away by [...]

Coniston’s power-house – now and in the future2019-10-03T11:00:49+00:00
17 06, 2019

Burnswark – an example of Roman military tactics


Have you ever heard of Burnswark?  This prominent hill once supported a sizeable Iron Age fort.  At the base of the hill are two Roman camps - one to the north; one to the south.  It is thought the Romans pincered the fort in order to mount an [...]

Burnswark – an example of Roman military tactics2019-06-17T10:24:00+00:00
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