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Who would be an organiser???

Transactions, Vol.IV, 1880, pp.76-82

NOTE:

The weather, and the tendency of members to wander, and to linger too long at a place, were clearly as much sources of headaches to organisers of trips in 1878 as they are today!

Notice, too, the importance of having available the rural railway lines, missed by many in our rural areas even today.

NOW READ ON.....and give your imagination a treat.....

Excursions 1878

A.

‘The Society met on Tuesday, June 4th, 1878, at Staveley Railway Station, for a two days’ excursion from Windermere as head-quarters. The Society had their usual weather, [!] but the drive to Kentmere, spite all drawbacks, was a pleasant one.....’

Storm gathering over Windermere
Storm gathering over Windermere


Kentmere viewed in weather that might make a drive through it ‘a pleasant one‘ ‘spite all drawbacks’
Kentmere viewed in weather that might make a drive through it ‘a pleasant one‘ ‘spite all drawbacks’


They also visited, at Troutbeck, ‘Mr. Browne’s house’, i.e. Townhead, and found that ‘from its many attractions . . . it was difficult to rally the party’ so that ‘scant time was left for a flying visit to Calgarth Hall’.

B.

‘The members of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, to the number of fifty or more, assembled at Cockermouth, on Thursday, August 22nd, at 4.30 p.m.’

There followed a visit to Cockermouth Castle.

The fine arch which is a dominant feature of the ruins of Cockermouth Castle.
The fine arch which is a dominant feature of the ruins of Cockermouth Castle.


‘The time for dinner having arrived, a move was made to the Globe Hotel, and here about forty-five members and their friends sat down . . . After dinner, the usual routine business of the Society was transacted.’

New members were elected, including three ladies, a paper was read, etc..

‘On Friday morning members proceeded, some by road and some by rail, to visit Brigham church . . .On leaving Brigham, the members proceeded by the 11.15 a.m. train to Cockermouth, where carriages were waiting to convey them to Elva Plains and the Camp of Peel Wyke. Unfortunately the weather, which had hitherto been dull and threatening, now broke into a decided rain, which prevented several of the company from proceeding.’

They then visited the stone circle at Elva, but: ‘The inspection of these remains was cut short by the drizzling rain. . .’

Peel Wyke was then ‘briefly’ visited.

After this ‘a substantial lunch was done ample justice to, the resources of the comfortable little hostelry being taxed to the utmost to satisfy the wants of the hungry visitors’.

This meeting, rain or no rain, was considered ‘one of the most successful the Archaeological Society has held’.

They had actually intended to visit Tallentire Hall, but ‘time would not permit, most of the visitors wanting to proceed homewards by the evening trains from Cockermouth’.

Anybody who has ever been in charge of an outing will have every sympathy with the organiser!

Signpost to a station on the Penrith-Keswick railway line; but the line is long gone, the signpost now a historic relic. The Cockermouth-Keswick line, similarly long gone, gave much of its track’s route to the new A66 road.
Signpost to a station on the Penrith-Keswick railway line; but the line is long gone, the signpost now a historic relic. The Cockermouth-Keswick line, similarly long gone, gave much of its track’s route to the new A66 road.










































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