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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:JULY/AUGUST


COCKERMOUTH PROBUS CLUB


At a recent Probus meeting, members were treated to a fascinating and informative talk on ‘The Corpse Roads of Cumbria’, given by Alan Cleaver. He began by informing the group that these roads or paths exist in many cultures around the globe. They have a variety of names such as funeral roads, bier roads, burial roads, coffin lines and corpse ways. It is generally accepted that a corpse road is a route for a burial party transporting the deceased from a town or village to a distant ‘Mother church’, which had a licence for burials.


Alan explained how such pathways play a part in local folklore and superstitions. They have existed in Cumbria since early Medieval times, but in the 18th century, most churches were granted licences to conduct burials, so corpse roads fell into disuse. He described how the coffins were carried, for several miles, strapped to a horse accompanied by the mourners. On a few occasions, the horse bolted and roamed the fells, leading to some intriguing ghost stories and local myths. Alan went on to sprinkle his talk with several amusing anecdotes.


He has co-written, with Lesley Park, a most interesting book on the topic, which describes in detail the course of each path throughout Cumbria. Many are marked at intervals by stone crosses or ‘resting stones’ and today can be easily retraced by ramblers. Alan has suggested these stones were probably not for resting but more likely to be a place to stop and sing a hymn, rather like the ‘Stations of the Cross’.


This most interesting talk received a hearty vote of thanks given by Eric Apperley, our local historian. Anyone interested in joining Cockermouth Probus, please email


cockermouthprobusclub@gmail.com Mike Rooney


Treeby & Bolton invite you to meet artist Clare Wright in the gallery, as she unveils her brand-new collection of original art for 2019


Clare’s work brings glamour and sparkle to the gallery, with her unique style of hand-embellished prints, liquid art on aluminium and three-dimensional originals that challenge the line between painting and sculpture


Clare will be available from 12 noon until 3.00pm Refreshments will be served.


Please contact the Gallery for further details and to reserve artwork.


Clare Wright Meet The Artist


Saturday 3rd August, 12 noon-3.00pm


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