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


COCKERMOUTH HERITAGE GROUP NEWS WITH GLORIA EDWARDS


Continuing last month’s article about WWII memories, as revealed in some of the oral histories


of are


Cockermouth’s residential homes, there


plenty


people of


childhood


memories from that time and the years immediately after.


Someone who grew up on a farm in


Bassenthwaite remembers


catching salmon and trout in local becks as a boy and going out rabbiting. There was pocket money to be earned from catching rabbits, which were taken to the fish shop in Market place in Cockermouth on a Monday morning, when you could get 1s/6d (about 7½ p) for a rabbit. The lads in Bassenthwaite village would also play out in the evening and got into all sorts of trouble. There was one lady in particular, who waged war against them for their naughtiness. The lads decided to play a trick on her by tying a piece of string to her door knocker and pulling the string (the old ideas are the best!), which had the desired result of bringing her outside, carrying out her threat to tell a policeman and the lads had a good telling off. To get their own back one night, they took advantage of the fact that the lady in question had left her washing out and one of the items on display was a large pair of bloomers. Taking a large pair of scissors, someone cut off the legs and they all waited for the repercussions. Nothing happened – maybe the


lady in question was too


embarrassed to report it. In those days, young men also helped with beating for grouse shoots, when Lord Leconfield had grouse moors up around Skiddaw. Fifteen shillings a day could be earned, together with as much beer or lemonade as you wanted. There were also dances in the village, with Billy Bowman’s band. There were Sunday School trips organised to Silloth and Allonby and one day, a trip from


Bassenthwaite Lake


Station to Edinburgh for the children School.


of Bassenthwaite


There were less pleasant memories of sitting as a small boy on his mother’s lap and feeling frightened, listening to the drone of German bombers flying over on their way to Glasgow and Belfast, following the lakes as a guide to their destinations.


Another memory, was of going into Cockermouth for Fair Day on Main Street


The Blue Bell Inn


There are so many valuable memories being recorded and it is a pleasure to listen to them all.


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Whit Monday Fair 1894, showing Gloag’s Appletree (now Wordsworth Hotel).


and standing in front of the Boxing Booth, watching men take up the challenge and go three rounds for a prize of £5 – the boxing promoter would do his level best to stop people getting the prize, sometimes ringing the bell before time. Men would make the most of the many pubs on Main Street, including the Bush and the Blue Bell Inn (now Cleeland’s shop). In the days before livestock wagons, stock would be walked from Bassenthwaite to the Wheatsheaf Inn at Embleton, where they would stay overnight and then be walked on to Cockermouth to be sold. Every Monday from March onwards, around two hundred Irish cattle came into Cockermouth Station from Silloth and then were walked down to the animal pens at Mitchells on Fairfield, where Sainsbury’s car park now is.


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