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What's your tipple?

The Proceedings mentioned in Volume VI (1883) of Transactions highlight some interesting points about the Society's meetings, excursions and business matters.

*The visit to Nether Levens on July 7th, 1881, was something of a disappointment. On the one hand, members found that, generously enough, 'Access was allowed to every part of the house, which the visitors freely availed themselves of'; on the other hand, however, we read that there was no 'guide to explain or describe the different apartments, and no paper to be read', with the result that 'the stay was of short duration'.

*Things improved when the next venue was reached, namely Levens Hall.

Levens hall photographed in the early 1970
Levens hall photographed in the early 1970's



Levens Hall 1880
Levens Hall 1880's


There was information, and refreshments were graciously offered:

'Whilst the party were re-assembling in the great hall, tea was handed round, and in an adjoining room was an ample supply of "Morocco", which everyone had an opportunity of tasting'.

Levens Hall was famed for its 'Morocco'.

The O.E.D.'s 4th definition of 'Morocco' as a noun explains it as 'A fanciful name given to a kind of strong ale brewed at Levens Hall, Westmorland'. The oldest reference given is to Joseph Budworth's 'A Fortnight's Ramble to the Lakes in Westmoreland, Lancashire and Cumberland' (1792):
'We were regaled by a liquor called Morocco.....; it is of a high colour, and is made from malt and hops; has an acid taste, and does not ferment.'.

Morocco Ale
Morocco Ale


*The party dined at the Assembly Room of the King's Arms Hotel, Kendal, and the Mayor paid it the compliment of attending.

*The evening was spent looking at exhibits.

*The next day's itinerary included a visit to Skelsmergh Hall; and in view of what is reported in earlier volumes, it is particularly amusing to read that 'the company were reminded by the sound of the bugle that it was time to depart'.

This organiser was having none of the tardiness which had played havoc with arrangements of visits during the Society's earliest days!

















































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