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 31: Inauguration Of The Jacob Walton Memorial, 2004

Walton Memorial
The Jacob Walton Memorial was well and truly re-inaugurated on Tuesday 6th July 2004. The event was a great success with fine weather as a bonus; it was covered by press and radio, there were many people in attendance, including four generations of the Walton family and the HLF Project Officer, and with the Stanhope Silver Band for entertainment.

As the project manager, Alastair Robertson confessed later that his opening address overstated the importance of the Walton family by comparing them to the London Lead Company, which of course was a much, much bigger concern, but he felt justified because the Waltons were a local family with personalities rather than a faceless outside corporation, and they did play a key part in the lead industry of the region, particularly Jacob Walton who, as well as being held in high esteem in the industry, had the respect of his workers……………………………
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Story No 32: Winter 130 years ago and Alston entertainment!

Alston Snow
TOWN HALL ALSTON

Friday and Saturday December 11 and 12 1874

The stage will be beautifully fitted up for the occasion. The room will be perfumed by Rimmel’s Apparatus.

Admission – First Class, 2s.; Second, 1s.; Third, 6d.; Family tickets admitting Five to first class, 8s.
Tickets to be had at the usual places in the town.

Doors open at 7.30. Wonders commence at 8. Carriages at 10.

Visit of the well-known and World Renowned Professor

CRISTO

The Greatest Organophonic VENTRILOQUIST ever known, Hindoo Illusionist and Anti-Spiritualist, will have the honour of presenting his Extraordinary Entertainment, entitled

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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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