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Cumbria Map
Map Of Cumbria
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Cumbria as defined Post- 1974. The CWAAS 4 Affiliated Groups meet in the 4 places named.

For further details of the Affiliated Groups please click the following link.

Focus on Heritage

Font, St Martin's Church, Martindale
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Committees

Click the button below for more details on the Society Committees.

Research and Grants

We help to foster research on Cumbria’s past through Grant Aid for widely-differing Cumbrian projects, and (for people under 25 years) the Clare Fell Memorial Bursaries. In addition all CWAAS Committees are widely involved in heritage matters throughout Cumbria, making their expertise available in many ways.

Sites Like Ours

Visit the links page for details of ’like minded’ sites.

Genealogy

Many visitors will also be interested in Genealogy. We have provided a page of useful links for Genealogy Researchers.

CUMBRIA COUNTY
HISTORY TRUST

The CUMBRIA COUNTY HISTORY TRUST has CWAAS support. Its website includes latest project news and excellent Gallery. See aquatints from West's 'Guide to the Lakes' (1796) and illustr. from W.G. Collingwood's 1932 'The Lake Counties', eg Mardale below..

Mardale image
Newsletter Extracts

This panel will feature extracts from old newsletters which will change on a regular basis.


Westmorland  Casterton rest., M Kingsbury. Click on this image for a larger version.
Westmorland Casterton rest., M Kingsbury
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Datestones,
Dated Structures

This panel will highlight some of the pictures collected as part of the Datestones and Date Structures project that was started in 2007. Click on the read more button below for more details.


Flookburgh Photo by Margaret Edwards. Click on this image for a larger version.

Flookburgh Photo by Margaret Edwards
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Our Publications

Politics and Religion in Restoration Cockermouth

Politics and Religion in Restoration Cockermouth


The Cumbrian Parishes 1714-1725

The Cumbrian Parishes 1714-1725


Three publications, The Diary of Isaac Fletcher,
The Accounts of Sir Daniel Fleming and
Brougham Castle, have all been reduced in price by 50%.
The listing now shows the new prices.
Welcome to Cumbria Past


Long Meg and her daughters. Click on this image for a larger version.
Long Meg and her daughters
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It’s good to have you with us on the Home Page of Cumbria Past, the CWAAS website. Cumbria Past: an up-to-date name for the website of an up-to-date Society interested in Cumbria's past - its history, landscape and archaeology. And behind the website is the CWAAS, the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society, founded in 1866 and keeping the traditional name alive, although the territory changed in 1974 and was also given a new name (see caption to map top left). Quite a challenge for a Society!

CWAAS Early Days
Remains of the Gilbertine Abbey of the very early C13.
Remains of the Gilbertine Abbey of the very early C13.

EARLY DAYS An insight into our Society, founded 1866, and into the age itself! Illustrated snippets taken from Proceedings, for many years part of the Transactions.

RUN OF THE MILL? NOT LIKELY!!!

Take a country churchyard in one of the remoter parts of the county, one with an old cross and fascinating gravestones..... and a church with unusual features in its structure.....and some magnificent furnishing.....some interesting plate..... several significant memorials.....and very unusual elements in its history.....PLUS a group leader who could tell a good tale and convey information in an entertaining way - and you won't be surprised to learn that the report in Proceedings shows very clearly that the members hugely ENJOYED this outing.....

ACTIVITIES

Skipton Castle
Skipton Castle
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We enjoy exploring, reading about and researching Cumbria's varied and rich historical and archaeological heritage. Cumbria offers prehistoric circles and stone axe factories; Roman military sites a-plenty; Saxon and Viking antiquities such as Bewcastle Cross in the far north east of the county and Gosforth Cross in the mid-west; pele towers and castles which tell of Border raids and turbulent medieval days; and evidence of a later more peaceful existence - in the numerous parish churches and gracious houses. Seafaring and diverse industries have played a major role in Cumbria's development and there is much of both available to be explored. (P.S. We also venture farther afield!)

Newsletter

We publish a Newsletter three times a year.

The current (Spring 2014) contents include:

  • 'Reflections on History' Survey of mines and quarries in the Windermere catchment
  • Cumbria County History Trust (update)
  • Rose Castle book launch, Carlisle
  • Politics in Stuart Cumbria: Cockermouth, Appleby and the Lady Anne Clifford Connection, lecture, Penrith, October 2013
  • Town Walk, Millom, September 2013
  • and more ....
Newsletter front page
New Items
ROMAN TEMPLES PROJECT, MARYPORT 2014

9th June to 19th July

MARYPORT ROMAN SETTLEMENT PROJECT, 2014

7th April to 30th May 2014

SUMMER EVENING, ACORN BANK, TEMPLE SOWERBY

Friday 27th June

YORKSHIRE DALES ANNUAL DAY SCHOOL

Archaeology and the Historic Environment, Saturday 26 April, Grassington Town Hall

CUMBRIA GOES TO WAR

26 April 2014. Spring Conference

SOCIETY FOR LANDSCAPE STUDIES

Spring Field Weekend, May 17th and 18th 2014.

CWAAS JOINS NATIONAL SET-UP

CWAAS joins national set-up See new EARLY DAYS snippet



Burlington House, headquarters of the Society of Antiquaries of London.


 

Cumbria Research

Interested in aspects of Cumbria researched in universities in the last ten years or so? A fascinating list!

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