100 Interesting Facts

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It is claimed (but it can’t be proved) that the last wolf in England was killed at Humphrey Head around the year 1390

Mardale Green, a hamlet in the parish of Shap, was drowned in the 1930s when Haweswater was extended to provide a reservoir for Manchester

Kirkby Stephen Church contains a 10th century carved stone block depicting the Norse God Loki, often referred to as The Bound Devil.

Dunmail Raise is the supposed burial site of Dyfnwal ab Owain, 10th century King of Stratchclyde; may mark the kingdom's southern boundary

Cumbria contains both the highest mountain in England (Scafell Pike, 3209 feet) and also the deepest lake (Wastwater, 243 feet)

The only part of Cumbria to be included in Domesday was the part around Ulverston and Dalton. The rest was not considered part of England.

St Bees is named after St Bega, reputed to have been an Irish princess who fled from the Vikings in 850AD - but who may not have existed

When St Cuthbert visited Carlisle in the 7th century, he was shown the city walls - and a Roman fountain, still working after 300 years

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.

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.