There are only a few copies remaining of the following publications before they go out of print:
- Draining the Cumbrian Landscape More..
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Display of banners used during 2016 at the Carlisle Record Office, Photo by Chester Forster
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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!
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.
UP, UP, AND AWAY!
This excursion had all the flavour of a real expedition. The members set off from 'base camp' in Kirkby Stephen and headed for Stainmore, that vast, bleak expanse of high, wild moorland dividing North Western England from the North East.
Such travellers assuredly needed to be steely and resourceful, prepared for challenges of conditions and terrain as they made their way in their open carriages to what must have seemed like the roof of the world. Not theirs the world of smooth roads, heated motor cars, the mobile telephone...
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 2016) contents include: