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MEAT AND DRINK I

From the first the numbers of members going on the Society's excursions were substantial and catering for them within the limits of a timetable for visits and travel must have presented the organisers with quite a challenge.

The Society was blessed in being met with kind and generous hospitality on its travels. For instance, in Volume VI of Transactions the Society's reporter tells us that, on a visit to Levens Hall, '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.'

For details of Levens Hall's famous and historic ale, 'Morocco', click on 'What's your tipple?' in the EARLY DAYS menu.

Morocco Ale   Photo curtesy Dalehead Brewery
Morocco Ale Photo courtesy Dalehead Brewery


But rules were made about accepting hospitality offers - and it was fully appreciated that, first, it is all too easy to accept and to find that a precedent has unwittingly been set up, and, second, that all hosts, however gracious, need to be protected from possible embarrassment.

For instance, on a visit to West Cumberland the whole party was invited to lunch by Lord Muncaster; but the reporter of the occasion observes that the invitation was declined 'in consequence of an imperative and salutary rule'.....'Tea was, however, served to the party in the library.'.

Muncaster Castle
Muncaster Castle


The importance of attending to the provision of creature comforts had been well demonstrated the previous day. It had been arranged that the party would visit the old church of St Bridget at Beckermet in order to inspect its two famous crosses.

Beckermet, St Bridget
Beckermet, St Bridget's Old Church, Cross 1


Beckermet, St Bridget
Beckermet, St Bridget's Old Church, Cross 2


However, in Beckermet itself the carriages forming the cavalcade became separated when one of the drivers unaccountably missed his way in spite of careful instructions, and the drivers of the vehicles behind followed his lead, eventually taking their passengers back to the Egremont base.

As a result, quite a lot of the party missed the chance to see the church and the crosses (the vicar had taken great trouble with the latter, clearing their bases so that rarely seen features were on view) and feelings were running very high.

However, when all the members were re-united back at The Globe it was time for dinner; and the reporter reassures his readers that 'A capital dinner put everybody in good humour.'.

Thank goodness the dinner was 'capital'!































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