A variety of publications, to inform or entertain, relating to aspects of Cumbrian history and its archives, are available from the Cumbria Archive Service.
Cumbrian Ancestors: Notes for Genealogical Researchers 3rd ed
(1998) £8.49 / £9.99**
An ideal guide for family historians. This book introduces the Cumbrian records that are most use for tracing your family tree.
The Diary of a Kendal Midwife
Of tremendous value to family historians as it covers a period (1669-1675) when the parish records are missing. It names the child, the father, area/house of the family.
Vital Statistics: The Westmorland 'Census' of 1787
(1992) £12.00 / £14.50**
Printed copy of thousands of names (fully indexed) surviving from this unique population survey, mainly covering North Westmorland.
'The Rake's Diary'. The Journal of George Hilton
(1994) £7.49 / £9.49**
Intriguing picture of life in Westmorland, 1673-1724, recorded by a gentleman of scandalous reputation.
The Ellen Rose Fieldhouse Collection
(1983) £7.45 / £8.95**
A catalogue of the papers and scrapbooks assembled by the late Mrs Fieldhouse, relating to the history and dialect of Kirkby-in-Furness.
Marriage Licence/Bonds 1668-1739 Vol. 1 (1994) £7.45 / £9.45**
Marriage Licence/Bonds 1740-1752 Vol. 2 (1998) £7.50 / £9.50**
Marriage Licence/Bonds 1752-1762 Vol. 3 (2001) £8.60 / £10.60**
Transcripts and name indexes to Diocese based on calendars available at the Cumbria Record Office in Carlisle.
Much Cry of Kendal Wool. Anthology by EM Wilson
Extracts from contemporary printed sources which give information about the Kendal wool trade.
John Burns' Diary
Enthralling account of 1250 mile walk to imprisonment in the Loire Valley and back to England by a Whitehaven mariner, captured by the French in 1799.
The Diary of John Bragg from Whitehaven edited by Jean Ward (1999)
A Quaker shoemaker’s fascinating account of 18th century life. Contains references to family events, everyday life in Whitehaven, and developments abroad.
Skelton, Penrith and the World 1943-1993: Half a Century of a Cumbrian Village helping a Nation to speak to a Nation by Ken Davies (1995) £6.45/£8.45**
Stories about the BBC Transmitting Station and its impact on the local community.
The English Lakes. Tales from History, Legend and Folklore by David Ramshaw (1996)
£4.49/£5.99** Stories derived from a wide range of sources, ranging from the early guide writers in the Lake District to interviews with present day inhabitants.
The Man Wants His Boat: Stories of Barrow Shipyard by Alan Lockett (1995)
£9.95/£10.95** The shipyard at Barrow has been producing ships and submarines since 1871. This book tells stories of people who were involved in the building of these ships during the 44 years of the author’s time there.
All in a Lifetime: Story of a Dalesman as told to June Fisher (1999)
£9.50/£11.00** “Steeped in social history spanning a nearly a hundred years” this book describes one man’s life – from his tragic childhood in the outback of Australia to his adulthood as a Quaker in the Yorkshire Dales.
Dear Mr Salvin: The Story of the building of a 19th century Ulverston church, compiled by Anne Bonney (1999)
£10.99/£12.45** Antony Salvin went on to become one of the most influential architects of his time. This well illustrated book paints a picture of the building of a 19th century church through the letters of this architect and his clerk of works.
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