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Ainstable, Cumbria
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Ainstable and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.


Does anyone know anything about - or even remember - Mary Collingwood? She lived at "Beck Side" and was the Postmistress for a number of years. She lived with her mother Eliza until her death in 1917. Mary herself died in 1949 aged 83, unmarried, in the workhouse in Wigton. Mary was my great-great-great-aunt - the sister of ...Read full memory

Roadside Cottage Ainstable

To the lady who lived in the white cottage on the roadside central to the picture of the village of Ainstable: My grandfather lived in that cottage with his grandmother, Ann Dixon, his mother, Mary Dixon and his aunt, Bessy Dixon. His name was Tom Dixon and he was born 5/1897, went to the school in the village, ...Read full memory

A memory of Ainstable by Joyce Tiffin

Pretty Little Ainstable

I was brought up in the white cottage mid-left, by the roadside, by my grandparents. The Crown Inn at the middle of the picture in the distance was run by Jim and Winnie Tuer, and I was friends with their daughter Ruth. The white cottage on the right was the shop, and later also became the post office.  The ...Read full memory

A memory of Ainstable by Kate Walker