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Appleby-In-Westmorland| Knock| Bolton| Kirkby Thore| Temple Sowerby| Morland| Crake| Warcop| Newby

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I had lived with my family in Birmingham through part of the Blitz in the Second World War. In January 1941, the firm for which my dad worked moved their head office to Appleby and I well remember the snow was falling as we approached our new home in Bongate Hall where several families lived in the rooms above the offices. The times were both exciting and daunting. I was aged 11 and was starting at a new school, Appleby Grammar - an all boys school in those times. There were many boys from Birmingham and I well remember our First Year Form Master, Mr Boulton trying very hard to understand our 'Brummie' accent, just as we were having problems understanding the Westmerian accent of the local boys. As there were so many evacuees we were housed in almost every hall or room that had space in the town including, The Sands Methodist Hall, the Oddfellows Hall, as well as the Institute etc. We got to know the... Read more


My mother died on 13 June 2011 aged 87 years old. Her name was Margaret Elfin Gunn (nee Simpson). Her date of birth was 03 October 1923 and she was born in Flakebridge, Dufton. She was the first of 15 children in the Simpson family, 10 girls and 5 boys. Her father was Thomas Frederick Simpson (Farm Laborer) and mother was Edith Annie Simpson (formerly Barker). I believe that she was in service. My mother's name Elfin was after a member of the family that she worked for. My Grandad eventually had his own farm, Sandford Hall at Sandford. If anyone has any further information or could point me in the right direction of the house that my mother may have been born in could you please let me know, my email is I would love to go and see it if it is still there. Many thanks.

Temple Sowerby

My grandparents Lol (Lawrence) and Edith Johnston owned and operated the Black Swan Inn for many years. I would love to find out some family history, their son Tom emigrated to Australia in 1964, I was 2 and my sister 1 when we left. I am sure there are lots of people who may have some lovely old stories for us. I am also keen to know a little about my mother's family, my grandparents were Fred & Jean Martin of Appleby, my mother's brother David Martin was sadly killed in a road accident coming home from naval leave, I believe around 1970. Please email me Sally Munro (nee Johnston) anything at all to:

Land Owners of Knock in The 1860's.

I visited Knock often as a child as my aunt and her family, the Blaylocks, lived there. In ancient times the village was called Knock Shalcok and belonged to the Veteriponts and Cliffords. In 1860 the main landowners were Sir Richard Tufton, Francis F. Pearson, Rev. Edward Heelis, John Milner, Richard Atkinson, Joseph Bland , Robert Bland and Richard Lowes. Shap Abbey also owned some property in the area. I remember the fell races and hound trails up Knock Pike and Dufton Fell. Boy, those dogs could get a move on.

The Bridge Inn

My mother, Joyce Hogg, whose grandparents were Egglestone of Culgaith, used to tell us that her relatives, two aunts, used to run the Bridge Inn at Kirkby Thore in the 30's, 40's or 50's. Unfortunately I do not know their names or surnames. Can anyone help me with my family history? Other family names are Tallentyre and Jennings, so this may be useful to anyone with possible information.
Thank you.

Mining at Hilton 1948 - 50

In 1948 I started my career as a Mining Engineer working as a miner at Bill Wharton's barytes mine on Long Fell and worked there for three months, living in lodgings at Rose Cottage in Hilton, before leaving to commence my studies at the Camborne School of Mines. Bill, who lived with his wife at Townhead Cottage, was quite a character and one of my first mentors; he employed about 10 of us, some from Hilton and others from Brough.
I don't think the mines could have been very profitable - I suspect his wife's hairdressing business in Kirkby Stephen paid our wages more than once. The mineral was hauled down from the mine and washed at a rudimentary plant just above the village using water from Scordale Beck. Afterwards the washed mineral was sent to Glasgow. Bill also had the license covering the old lead mines up Scordale. I surveyed these old workings starting in 1948 and continued this work in 1949 and 1950 after Bill sold his mineral... Read more


Warcop Hall c1960, Warcop
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My family lived in Warcop hall for 400 years until my stupid great-great-grandfather William Wild got some army generals drunk and got them to buy the house and all the land. My Aunt Sue (Sue James - now Sharp) was the last person in my family to be born there.

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