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BUILDING THE LEGACY: WE'VE INHERITED

'DOING ARCHAEOLOGY' , LATE C19

The August 1895 excursion had focused on the Lanercost and Birdoswald area (photos 1 and 2); the report mentioned Appletree, and its 'puzzling fourth or extra agger, which is seen there in front of the vallum', and to the 'proposed excavations about to be commenced'. One aspect of the Lanercost visit had been the chance to inspect 'the early burial place on Lanercost Green, which had been discovered that day by the Rev. W.S. Calverley, F.S.A.'.

LANERCOST GATEWAY
LANERCOST GATEWAY


2009 PILGRIMAGE - APPROACHING BIRDOSWALD
2009 PILGRIMAGE - APPROACHING BIRDOSWALD


CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS???

The September excursion that year was to Low Furness. Remarkably, references to weather show that it was 'splendid' - so much so that fewer people turned up for Day Two, and 'owing to the excessive heat a portion of the programme was omitted.'! Unprecedented.

SOCIETY AMBITIONS - AND FINANCING THEM

During the visit to Furness Abbey (photo 3) Chancellor Ferguson 'observed that at some future time the Society would like to excavate more fully'. He went on to explain that 'The cost of additional excavations would be about £200, and the Council of the Society would be prepared to assist with £50, he would give £5, and Mr Victor Cavendish, M.P., would be willing to assist, and perhaps the necessary funds would be obtainable before next spring.'.

FURNESS ABBEY
FURNESS ABBEY


ADVENTURES

After tea, that day brought a real treat: the party was taken by special train to Piel Pier, 'and thence by a number of yachts across to the island [Piel] to view the castle .

Piel Castle
Piel Castle


Our reporter tells us that the leader of the party declared that Piel Castle 'was one of the most barrackey castles he had ever seen'.

THEN DOWN TO BUSINESS

After dinner, a significant letter was presented; it was from 'Mr. R. Blair, F.S.A., one of the secretaries of the Newcastle Society of Antiquaries, asking for the co-operation of this Society in a pilgrimage along the Roman Wall in 1896'. A committee was set up to take this matter forward.

This Pilgrimage is now, of course, an event occurring every 10 years in our calendar, the two Societies still working together to make this event of international repute possible.

EFFIGY OF DR JOHN COLLINGWOOD BRUCE, WHOSE MEMORY IS MARKED DURING EVERY PILGRIMAGE BY THE LAYING OF A WREATH.
EFFIGY OF DR JOHN COLLINGWOOD BRUCE, WHOSE MEMORY IS MARKED DURING EVERY PILGRIMAGE BY THE LAYING OF A WREATH.


PHOTO 6: 2009 PILGRIMAGE GROUP AT LIMESTONE CORNER
PHOTO 6: 2009 PILGRIMAGE GROUP AT LIMESTONE CORNER


ANY OTHER BUSINESS

*CWAAS was taking its heritage responsibilities seriously, and had followed the urgent appeal of the Society of Antiquaries of London to county societies by drawing up a list of crucial sites worthy of protection in Cumberland and Westmorland and it was reported to this meeting that the list had been delivered to the two counties' Councils.

*A Research Fund and Parish Registers Fund had already been set up; now it was considered urgent to establish a Record Publications Fund. A sum 'not exceeding £25' from it was agreed 'for the tentative exploration of the Roman fort at Papcastle'.

*Permission was given for publication of 'Fortified dwellings of Cumberland and Westmorland' by J. F. Curwen and 'Elizabethan Keswick: extracts from the Accounts of the German Miners, 1564-1577' by W.G. Collingwood, in the Extra and Tract Series respectively, on the understanding that 'the Society would not be put to any expense in connection with these two publications'.

AND THEN THERE WAS THE GREAT WAR

*Proceedings for 1915 report that because of the war 'the usual Summer meeting of the Society was abandoned this year and the Annual General Meeting was reduced to a single afternoon's excursion to view the explorations of 1914-15 at the Ambleside Roman fort (photo 7), on Friday, September 3rd, 1915.' About 150 members and friends were present.

AN AREA OF AMBLESIDE ROMAN FORT
AN AREA OF AMBLESIDE ROMAN FORT


*At the AGM, 'A brief report on the position of the Research Fund (Ambleside Roman fort) was made by Mr R.G. Collingwood, who said that the money in hand would be expended by the end of the season'.

*The President gave a stout defence of 'exploration in wartime', explaining that 'the £50 spent and the four men employed this year could not have been turned to the public service' and that 'work of this kind once begun could not be discontinued without great waste'.

It was the end of a chapter, of course. As we all know, this country was never to be the same again after WWI.




































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