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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

Ormside Bowl, Collingwood Painting
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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.


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

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.

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

Shap Photo by Margaret Edwards
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Our Publications

Penrith: the Historic Core

Penrith: the Historic Core

Patronage, Power and Politics in Appleby 1649-1689

Patronage, Power and Politics in Appleby 1649-1689

Appleby Gypsy Horse Fair

Appleby Gypsy Horse Fair

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

Rutter Falls and Mill. Click on this image for a larger version.
Rutter Falls and Mill
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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
Gosforth Viking Cross
Gosforth Viking Cross

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.

Going West.......and South West

A base in Egremont.....a walk along 'a romantic path by the Calder'.....Roman and Dark Age antiquities to see.....and the testing of an archaeological theory.

This excursion had the makings of an idyllic short break for antiquarians. But it turned out to be a case of 'mixing the rough with the smooth'!


'Ratty' near Muncaster Castle
'Ratty' near Muncaster 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!)


We publish a Newsletter three times a year.

The current (Summer 2015) contents include:

  • Ancient & Veteran Trees of Cumbria
  • Annual General Meeting, Carlisle, April 2015
  • 'The Church in a Changing Landscape: the Diocese of Carlisle 1814-1855', book launch and lecture, May 2015
  • May Walk, Wetheral, May 2015
  • Book Launch 'Cattle Droving, Cotton and Landownership', February 2015
  • Kendal Museum & the CWAAS 150th anniversary project
  • 'Industry and the Arts in Cumbria', Cumbria Industrial History Society Conference, April 2015
  • and more ....
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New Items

Kendal Library on Friday, 13th November at 7.00pm.


A special lecture in Tullie House. 14th November 2015


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!


This site is designed to work best in the latest browers. If you are experiencing problems or for more technical details please click the Read More button below.


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.

Barbon Signpost. Click on this image for a larger version.
Barbon Signpost
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