100 Interesting Facts

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The two nunneries in Cumbria together had less income in a year than Furness Abbey alone had in a fortnight

In 1569, Cumbrians tried to overthrow Queen Elizabeth in what became known as Dacre's Raid

Atterpile Castle, now known as Castle Head, near Grange, may have been an Iron Age promontory fort

On 24 November 1542, an English army defeated the Scots on Solway Moss. But the exact location of the battle has been disputed.

Until the mid-nineteenth century, most Cumbrian homes would have been lit by rush lights, not candles 

William Wordsworth wrote about 'Wonderful Walker', a clergyman from the Duddon valley famous for his frugality

A Jacobite Army passed through Cumbria in 1715 - and the local militia ran away rather than fight them!

Wigton's market cross burnt down during celebrations of Nelson's victory at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21st October 1805.

Seathwaite was once the world’s leading supplier of ‘black lead’, plumbago or ‘wad’ Before the c.16th it was just used for marking sheep.

Conishead, once a priory of Augustinian Monks, founded in the 1180s, has since 1976 been home to a community of Buddhist monks

An early 15th century manuscript poem, probably written at Carlisle, claims that King Arthur’s court was at Merry Carlisle, not Camelot

Mary Noble of Bampton was the first woman in the country to be elected to a county council (Westmorland).

In 1713 Jane Alderson found 118 oz of silver in a wall belonging to the lord of the manor of Brough

Kings Meaburn was forfeited to the Crown by Sir Hugh de Morville for his role in Thomas à Becket’s murder in 1170

Flookburgh was chosen as a safe place to build airships during the First World War, and Ravenstown was built to house the workers

The antiquary William Camden could not visit Housesteads while in the area in 1599 for fear of the Moss Troopers living there

In December 1771, Solway Moss burst, and flowed over the surrounding area, destroying houses and livestock. The land has never recovered.

Tarn Wadling, now drained, was famous for many things, including a floating island that mysteriously appeared one night in 1810

The Guide to the Lakes (1778) thought the best way of looking at scenery was by viewing it through a mirror called a Claude Glass

Reginald Bainbrigg, a 16th century schoolmaster, collected Roman inscriptions which he displayed at his home in Appleby