News of the North – July 2012

by David Murray on 10 July 2012

in Northern England

So much “news” these days is depressing. Actually, there’s a lot of good news around but media philosophy seems to hold that good news isn’t a story, so greatest prominence is given to doom and gloom. Here, though, are some cheerful snippets from the North of England.

Beamish Museum the other day put out an update about various aspects of transport in their collections, ranging from a miners’ cart to and old railway engine and a 1950s rather battered car. I have to confess that I still have not been to Beamish, and must put that right very soon. (See Transport and Industry News at Beamish)

Moving across country to South Lakeland there is encouraging news of the historic blast furnaces at Backbarrow Ironworks. It now looks as though they may be preserved.

John Hodgson, a senior archaeologist from the Lake District National Park Authority, said: “The site is possibly the most important industrial site in the Lake District.” The works was the last in England to transfer from using charcoal to using coke, according to Mr Hodgson. “The new permissions can allow the new buildings to be completed and the ancient monument to be conserved,” added Mr Hodgson.
BBC News – Backbarrow ironworks scheme could protect heritage site

In the Yorkshire Dales National Park there’s a new exhibition at Settle celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Victoria Cave, while the good people at the North York Moors National Park are appealing to the public for historic photos of the area as they prepare for their 60th anniversary.

Back west and further north to Cockermouth where, following the Woolfest a few weeks back, last weekend saw the International Sheep Shearing competition at the same venue. This seems to have been a rather low key event which is rather a pity as, quite apart from the shearing, to see over a thousand Herdwicks must have been a real joy to any lover of this famous Lakeland breed. I’m sure that Beatrix Potter, that great Herdwick enthusiast, would have delighted in it – and having mentioned her I must refer to the sale of several of her watercolours at auction in London this week.

There’s much more. I’m spoiled for choice this time but that’s about what I’ve time for now, … except that the other day I came across this new video of the

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team

Callout – The Work of Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team” – Uploaded to YouTube by Cockermouth MRT, 2 July 2012. Note: For some reason the video has been failing to embed properly on the site. I’m leaving the space for it in the hope that the fault is corrected, but if it still doesn’t show you can click the link in this paragraph and watch it on YouTube

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