Local Historical Stories

A COLLECTION OF HISTORICAL ARTICLES THAT FIRST APPEARED IN THE ALSTON MOOR NEWSLETTER

INTRODUCTION
Early in 1996 Alastair Robertson - our local historian was asked if he would write a couple of historical articles for the Alston Moor Newsletter. He thought he could manage three or four but in the event, over 20 years later, they were still going. Once, and only once, he received an unsolicited article from an outside source, this was the reminiscence of a school for wartime evacuees at Nent Hall that came from Mr. Michael Dickinson and it was gratefully included in the series.

They’re a real mixed bag, too random to put into a book, but they’re still worth keeping in a more permanent form, so the Historical Society website seemed the perfect place to have them.

Material for the articles came largely from local sources, from the Alston Moor Historical Society Archives, St. Augustine’s Church Records, Alston Library, the Cumbria County Records Office in Carlisle and the County Records Office Northumberland.

There has been editing in some cases that will be noted at the beginning of each item, otherwise the articles have been left as they were written, complete with occasional references to such things as cement lorries, the millennium, and foot and mouth disease, which are themselves now things of the past (?).
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Story No 1: An Incident on Alston Moor during the Civil War

Alston Moor - Letter from the English Civil War
Alston Moor does not figure prominently in the vicissitudes of the struggle between king and parliament in the middle of the seventeenth century, but, as an undated letter of 1642 shows, the war came at least once to the area..
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Story No: 29 The Cumberland Hearth Tax

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This scruffy image is a copy of a page from the register of the Cumberland Hearth Tax that was levied from 1662 to 1689. The probable date is 1664, the only year to have survived in the County.

The number of hearths in the house was an indication the size of each house and therefore the wealth of the occupants. Those in receipt of Poor Relief, or houses worth less than 20/- per annum, were exempt.
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Story No: 30 Alston Moor in the 17th Century

1687 date stone
An interesting lecture was given in the Wesleyan Schoolroom, Alston, on Saturday by Mr. William Thompson, of Alston his subject being, “Alston in the Seventeenth Century”.
Showing a map of the manor over a hundred years old, he said the names in the old Drift Roll of 1587 were practically the same as those given on the map. Newshield, Coatlith Hill, Loaning, Lowbyer, Nattrass, Annat Walls, Bleagate, Silly Hole, Flatt, Fair Hill, Craig, Snappergill, Jolly Beard House, Garrigill, Nentsbury, Nenthall, Wellgill, Gillgill, The Rake, Cocklake and Hudgill - all bore the same name in the time of Queen Elizabeth (the First) as now. (ffowlett is now known as Foulhard.) ………………..
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Alston Moor Historical Society was founded in 1973 and, due to the nature of Alston Moor, it is a member of both the Northumberland Association of Local History Societies and the Cumbria Federation of Local History Societies.
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