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Current Newsletter

Members can now download an electronic version of the Newsletter.

150 Years

You can still access the 150 year page where there are photos of events as well as viewable versions of all posters used.

Membership

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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

Belah Railway Viaduct. Photo Mark Keefe Collections
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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.

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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Cumbria Research

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

Technical

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.

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Our Publications

THE AGUE: A HISTORY OF INDIGENOUS MALARIA IN CUMBRIA AND THE NORTH

THE AGUE: A HISTORY OF INDIGENOUS MALARIA IN CUMBRIA AND THE NORTH


Wartime Cumbria 1939-1945

Wartime Cumbria 1939-1945


The Cockermouth Congregational Church Book

The Cockermouth Congregational Church Book


Kendal, Part IV: 1606-1631 <br />(Marriages & Burials)

Kendal, Part IV: 1606-1631
(Marriages & Burials)


Welcome to Cumbria Past


May walk 2016. Mark Blackett-Ord pointing out some of the features of the Roman bathhouse at Ravenglass. Photo Trevor Grahamslaw. . Click on this image for a larger version.
May walk 2016. Mark Blackett-Ord pointing out some of the features of the Roman bathhouse at Ravenglass. Photo Trevor Grahamslaw.
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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
King's Arms Hotel, Kirkby Stephen
King's Arms Hotel, Kirkby Stephen

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...

ACTIVITIES

Vicar's Pele, Corbridge
Vicar's Pele, Corbridge
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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 2017) contents include:

  • Cover story. CWAAS Keswick Day, November 2016
  • Research & Grants Committee report
  • The CWAAS Library
  • The Pilgrimage of Hadrian's Wall 2019
  • An update on the Regional Heritage Centre's digitisation project
  • The Elizabethan Star Chamber Project
  • Transporting the Society's early excursionists
  • Collecting the Fishing Traditions of Morecambe Bay
  • Cumbrian Gasworks
  • Hidden Heritage in South Lakeland
  • and more ....
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New Items
THE CWAAS LIBRARY 'ACCESS EXPERIMENT'

Access to the Society collection at the University of Cumbria.

NEW PUBLICATIONS

Two new publications by Jennifer S. Holt. The Diary of Thomas Fenwick Esq., and The Hornby Castle Estates.

DRAINING THE CUMBRIAN LANDSCAPE

Now available again.

ENCLOSURE AWARD 1775

For Great and Little Stainton, Newbiggin and Blencow

CWAAS LIBRARY

New access details now available for the CWAAS Library on the new Library Page.



Transactions


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 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..

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Newsletter Extracts

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


Lancashire over Sands records distances over sands. Click on this image for a larger version.
Lancashire over Sands records distances over sands
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