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School House

My first memory is that my father's parents lived in the school house which is at the junction where the road forks to go into the village of Cumrew.
William and Ann Thoburn, both born in 1878 and died in the 50’s.
All of the boys Albert, Ernest and Fred worked as road men for CCC. Albert(my father) took over his father’s length which was from Carlatton to Newbiggin. Fred took the length from Carlatton around the block via Cumwhitton. Ernest was killed in 1952 when the dumper he drove fell over the edge.

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In 1937 Albert & Gladys Thoburn took possession of Townfoot Cottage, the second house in the village. In 1940 Albert went to India and Thomas was born in March 1940. After the War when Albert returned home he met his son for the first time. He was then 5. In 1946 James was born. He attended Piperstile School then Brampton White House. Thomas left Carlisle and lived in Swindon where he died in 1985. Albert & Gladys remained at the same property for the whole of their married life. Albert died in 1981 and Gladys in 1989. The village has been developed by building houses so the old country life is not the same.

Routledges of Moss Row, Milton

My memories are actually too recent to be of interest but what may be is the research of my Routledge ancestors. They can be found in the Brampton and the Farlam Parish Registers from the early 1700's and they lived at Moss Row, Milton where they conducted a tailoring business in a house known as Birch Heads. Whilst the extended family remained in the area, two of them moved away with the advent of the Carlisle - Newcastle railway and became established in the North-east. I am interested now to find the origins of Ann Coulthard (1758-1842) who married Thomas Routledge way back in Brampton in 1781 and Eleanor Richardson (1786-1818) who married Thomas Routledge (son of the above) in 1809. Any ideas appreciated.

Croglin 1958

The Village c1955, Croglin
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When my husband and I married in March 1958, he bought the cottage nearest the camera on the left; no electricity, no cost the  princely sum of £300!
The building at the end of the street is the pub, and behind the trees on the right is the church and graveyard.  The trees have been felled now.  
In the other photo showing an oddly painted phonebox, the building just behind it was the shop and post office combined.  Vans came round from the co-op every week, and Jimmy Cranston the butcher came round too; he made wonderful sausages and brawn, and killed pigs locally.  Until the law stopped home butchering. When I last went there in 1988, I saw a van with his name on it, so the business was still going.  Roberstons bakers from Carlisle used to deliver bread and cakes, and the Lakeland Laundry man was a regular too; no washing machines, no fridges.  I had a copper boiler in the back scullery - the... Read more

November 5th 1954

I, at the tender age of fourteen, arrived in Croglin on November the 5th, 1954. It was 'Bonfire Night' and as strangers in the village I did not know a single soul. However the bonfire for the celebrations had been situated in the old quarry at the top end of the village and festivities commenced at about so my eldest sister and I ventured forth to meet the locals. The weather was reasonable for November and the bonfire was dry so a good start was made. Soon the local lads realised that there were strangers in the camp and approached to enquire who we were and were we the folks who had moved into Quarry Cottage, after an affirmitive reply we were really made welcome and the celebration became a memorable one for me.

Charlie Dixon, Jim Metcalf, Joe Thirlwall, Sylvia Marshal, are some of the first people I met in the village and have I had a life-long friendship with them all, sadly one of the ones... Read more

Bert Pattinson

This is really weird, I have come upon this web site by accident and just read about the girl who stayed with Bert Pattinson and I have visited Bert and Carol today. I will print off your letter and read it to him as I am back there tomorrow, he has a great memory and loves a chat, he will remember you for sure.

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