100 Interesting Facts

OK, so there aren't 100 Interesting Facts here yet, but bear with us, we're getting there!  These Facts have been submitted by our volunteers and friends.  Click on a 'fact' for more Backgound information.  If YOU have a Fact you'd like to share, please Contact Us , giving us references so we can check - as before posting anything, our team of historians have to be sure it REALLY IS a fact, not a myth!

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The name Torpenhow seems to be made up of three elements, all more-or-less meaning 'hill' in different languages - Hill-hill-hill!

Grisleymires Lane, Milnthorpe, sounds like the location for a horror film - but probably means something like 'muddy hollow of the pigs'

Franz von Werra was the only German prisoner of WWII to escape and get back to Germany.  His first escape was from Grizedale Hall

Thomas West, the great historian of Furness, was a Jesuit priest who found himself with time on his hands for his antiquarian interests

The first person (since the Romans) to walk Hadrian's Wall from end to end was William Hutton, in 1801 - aged 77

When copper was discovered near Keswick in the 1560s, no-one in England could extract the metal - so Bavarian miners were brought in

The body of a Crusader buried in 1368 was found to be well preserved when the coffin was opened in 1981

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

A drinking glass known as the Luck of Edenhall is one of is one of the most exceptional objects in the V&A's glass collection.

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.

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