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Chloe Gavican and Jane Platt with the Publications display. Photo 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.
We're all familiar with the story of the boy who cried 'Wolf!' as a joke, with the result that when he shouted 'Wolf!' in earnest nobody took the slightest notice, and havoc broke out.
But what has this to do with CWAAS?
Ah, well, you see, once there was a great forest between Talkin and Hayton; and that forest was infested with wolves; so, not surprisingly, the people of Talkin didn't like to go through the forest, not even on the way to bury their dead.......
Well, to hear the rest of the tale....
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 (Spring 2016) contents include: