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!
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.
MEAT AND DRINK II
Think of the rigours of going on excursions! Long and arduous walks at times; open carriages; a scarcity of provision for wayfarers compared with what is available in our own day, early in the C21; these would make Society forays truly taxing, especially in bad weather.
To belong to an antiquarian and archaeological society and visit many parts of Cumberland and Westmorland was to take up a challenge, even to 'rough it'. But members were up to the challenge, women and men alike. Yes, good victuals were important!
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 (Autumn 2015) contents include: