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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

Senhouse Museum, and Roman Fort Site, Maryport
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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.

Brewery St, Ulverston (building now demolished)  Photo by Dan Elsworth. Click on this image for a larger version.

Brewery St, Ulverston (building now demolished) Photo by Dan Elsworth
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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

Index to Nicolson and Burn's History and Antiquities

Index to Nicolson and Burn's History and Antiquities

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

Carlisle Castle Sunset. Click on this image for a larger version.
Carlisle Castle Sunset
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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
Three Shires Stone
Three Shires Stone

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.

You want adventure? How about this, in 1889?

You want adventure?
How about this, in 1889?

'Next morning the members were seated in five char-a-bancs at eight o'clock....... The solitary hill farm, Fell Foot, was reached shortly before ten o'clock, and here the first halt was made.....From this point everybody had to walk up the sinuous road over Wrynose....... The party, both ladies and gentlemen, began the long tussle with the difficulties of the 1250 feet climb to the top of Wrynose Pass with light hearts..... How anyone can reasonably expect such steep mountain tracks to be safely traversed by heavy carriages passes belief. There are sharp drops of one in three, and breakneck turns in both passes which careful folk would only face on fell ponies.....'


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!)


We publish a Newsletter three times a year.

The current (Autumn 2015) contents include:

  • CWAAS Summer Evening at Kirklinton Hall, June 2015
  • Walk Around Glenridding, July 2015
  • 2016 – A year to Remember! President’s notice
  • Research & Grants Committee Report
  • ‘Kendal’s Real Queen’: David Starkey, Kendal, June 2015
  • The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Members’ Weekend in Cumbria, July 2015
  • CVBG Hosts National Conference, July 2015
  • The Future for Cumbria Archive Service
  • and more ....
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New Items

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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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.

Cumberland - Lanercost restored  Gosling. Click on this image for a larger version.
Cumberland - Lanercost restored Gosling
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