100 Interesting Facts

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England's highest market town is Alston and St John the Evangelist, Nenthead is the highest parish church.

Reverend Theodore Bayley Hardy from Hutton Roof near Kirkby Lonsdale won the VC, DSO and MC in nine months and did not carry a gun.

The Bewcastle Cross is one of the finest examples of Anglo-Saxon sculpture and features Old English runic inscriptions.

In August 1974 Carlisle United were top of the English Football League!

Iron, copper, lead, zinc, cobalt, antimony, silver, tungsten, manganese and barium have all been mined in the Lake District.

Two Kings died in or near Carlisle. David I of Scotland (d. 1153) and Edward I of England (d. 1307 at Burgh by Sands).

Did Sir Richard Musgrave kill the last wild boar in England on Wild Boar Fell, Mallerstang?

Each night the town clock bell at Kirkby Stephen Parish Church rings eight times for the time and once for every day of the month.

Kendal Parish Church has five aisles and is the second largest parish church in England.

Did you know there was a Royal Mint in Carlisle in the 12th Century.

The 1660 Post Office Act ordered for the first time '...that a Letter ... Post shall ... once a week [come] to Kendal by way of Lancaster'

Did you know that the oldest "railway" in the world has been discovered in a mine near Caldbeck and dates back to the 14th Century.

The William Pit Disaster (Whitehaven) occured on 15th August 1947. 104 men died  - but only 14 were killed by the blast itself.

Siegfried Herford performed the first ascent of the Central Buttress of Scafell in 1914 - a great jump forward in British Rock Climbing

The first Turnpike Road in Cumbria was built under the Whitehaven Harbour Act of 1739.  It joined St Bees to Whitehaven

The monks of Cartmel resisted Henry VIII's reformation, and joined the Pilgrimage of Grace - which led to their executions.  

Eleven million tons of iron ore were extracted from a pit called Nigel, Roanhead, near Barrow, between the 1850s and 1942 when it closed

Derwent Island was known as Pocklington's Island in the 1780s. Its owner used to organise mock sieges, with cannons firing from the isle