In this week in history 25 YEARS LOWTHER

Date: Wednesday 18th July 2018

Lowther Castle is to be opened up to the public to mark the 21st anniversary of the prestigious horse driving-trials. The news came from the 70-year-old Lord Lonsdale as he spoke to the “Herald” of his retirement after forty years at the helm of the 72,000-acre Lowther estate.

Lowther Castle is to be opened up to the public to mark the 21st anniversary of the prestigious horse driving-trials. The news came from the 70-year-old Lord Lonsdale as he spoke to the “Herald” of his retirement after forty years at the helm of the 72,000-acre Lowther estate.


Pupils of Long Marton Primary School have covered a whole handful of subjects and had fun constructing a replica Tudor house with the help of Carlisle College. Unit 2 pupils at the school have been studying Tudor and Stuart times, learning about their way of life and how they constructed their houses.


A petition opposing the building of a £127,000 toilet block at Appleby has helped persuade Eden councillors to change the controversial site. The petition was handed in at the Moot Hall, headquarters of Appleby Town Council. Signed by almost 1,600 local people, the document expressed concern because of the proposed site of the development — one part of a play area on Broad Close.


Kirkby Stephen’s major employers, Glitsch (UK) Limited, are hoping to extend operations in the town — providing cash support can be found. The firm, operators of two factory units in Kirkby Stephen and Tebay, want to transfer the whole operation to a single site in the town. Financial director Mr. Ian Shepherd said a “tentative” application for permission to extend the current factory in Hobsons Lane was to go before Eden planners.


Canisters marked “Explosive” which were seen floating on Derwentwater caused a major police alert. The small canisters were reported by members of the public bobbing about on the lake surface between Derwent Island and Friars Crag. Police officers borrowed a rowing boat and went out on to the lake to investigate. “We thought we might be dealing with a dangerous substance which had been abandoned in the lake, possibly many years previously,” said Sergeant Jim McMonies. The officers very carefully recovered several of the canisters, although others had to be left on the lake. It was back at the police station that they discovered the origin, and the use of the mystery containers. “Apparently they are sold in Army and Navy surplus shops and youngsters buy them as pencil cases,” added Sergt McMonies.

A child who trapped himself in the kitchen of a Keswick flat was rescued by firemen. The boy, just a year old, had crawled into the kitchen of the flat at the County Hotel. He had then pulled out a kitchen drawer which lodged behind the door, effectively blocking it. His parents did not want to force the door because of possible damage to the baby. The firemen went through the window of the top flat. The child showed no signs of distress.

The high talent of art students at Keswick School is on display at the Cumberland Pencil Factory museum. A wide range of styles, from computer graphics through classic painting techniques to very detailed scientific quality drawings, make up a varied display.



The brand-new Mayburgh Bridge, opened to take the Eamont Bridge-Ullswater road over the M.6 motorway by-pass of Penrith, is set against the wooded area of Mayburgh itself — a prehistoric remain, dateless and the subject of countless theories.


Dealing with an emergency in any part of Penrith, a policeman can immediately call for help as the result of a new radio link-up which was introduced in the town. Every member of the Cumbria Force operating from the Hunter Lane Police Station now carries a miniature radio — official name “pocketfone” — and he is thus linked not only with control in the sub-divisional office but also with colleagues patrolling other parts of the town.

A Penrith man who found a token in his garden believes that it may be over 100 years old. Mr. John Main, West Lane, found the 2d. token just in front of his window. The words “Fleece Inn” and the initials “J. F.” are inscribed on one side. The Fleece was once a public house in Market Square, but Messrs. Jos. Bowerbank and Sons’ shop premises now occupy the site.


An Appleby girl, who has just completed her training at H.M.S. Pembroke, the Royal Navy’s school at Chatham, Kent, was honoured by her appointment as class leader during her course. Wren Anne Elisabeth Holborn, Long Marton Road, was congratulated on her achievements by the Training Commander, Commander P. J. Northey, on the completion of her course.



Nurse S. J. Thomlinson, who is going to Guy’s Hospital, London, was the recipient of a leather notecase containing £27 10s. and an address at the presentation in Skelton Rectory. The gifts were handed over by Mrs. Ostle, treasurer of the Hutton-in-the-Forest Nursing Association, in recognition of six years’ service as district nurse.


The King has conferred on Mrs. Abercombie, Augill Castle, widow of the late Dr. Abercombie, the Order of St. John, with the rank of Honorary Serving Sister. Mrs. Abercombie is the matron of a hospital for the wounded officers in Liverpool.


The village’s oldest male inhabitant, Mr. Anthony Wilkinson, Dykeheads, has died aged 80. Mr. Wilkinson was a lead miner.