100 Interesting Facts
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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
On 22nd February 1822 a great flood destroyed five bridges in the Eden Valley. The water was three feet deep in Appleby church
Blackmail originated in Cumbria and the borders as the name for the protection racket that the Border Reivers ran for centuries.
From 1881 the Corkickle Brake waggonway ran to one of the Earl of Lonsdale's collieries. Later it was used for hauling sulphuric acid