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Caption for Penrith, Brougham Castle 1893: The imposing red sandstone ruins of the keep of Brougham Castle watch over the River Eamont. Brougham Castle was originally built by the Normans, and was strengthened by Henry II in 1170. This was one of many castles to which Lady Anne Clifford, Countess of Dorset, made improvements, and she died here at the age of 90 in 1678.

An extract from Lake District Photographic Memories.

Memories of Penrith

My Bailiff ancestors came from Askham. My g.g. grandfather Christopher's sister, Elizabeth, 1801, married William Henry Leech, 1795, whose father John Langton Leech, 1761, died in Askham and was the Vicar at Askham. Christopher's sister Ann, 1813, born at Askham and married Henderson Wilson, 1812, born Askham. His relative, (...Read full memory)

When I was at the Grammar School, I used to do my mothers shopping on this street; I bought my first pair of earrings from Woolworths, on the mid-left, for a shilling - 5p!! and my mum bought shoes from the shop near left. My French form teacher, Mr Paul Johnson and his wife and twin daughters lived in a flat on the left; he (...Read full memory)

After reading another memory of Askham, I can remember a story my grandfather told me when I was a child. He was born in Askham in 1893 and was Christened in Askham church. His father was the Police Constable at the time and his mother worked in Lowther Castle. When my grandfather, who was called George was 7 years (...Read full memory)

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