Local Historical Stories

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

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INTRODUCTION
Early in 1996 I was asked if I would write a couple of historical articles for the Alston Moor Newsletter. I thought I could manage three or four but in the event, over 20 years later, they’re still going. Once, and only once, I 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 here they are.

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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Alastair Robertson

Alston Moor Story 2: History of the Tyne Bridge at Alston

Tyne Bridge Alston 1911
There have been bridges on the site of the present Tyne Bridge at Alston: A bridge built in the 1750s, a bridge built in the 1770s after the great flood, the present bridge completed at the second attempt in 1836. The picture above was taken in 1911.
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Alston Moor Story No 3: Strike a Light!– Alston's Gas Supply

Gas Light
It’s hard to credit that Alston’s streets have been lit longer by gas than by electricity - about fifty years longer, in fact; but, the gas was first lit in 1843, and even that was not the first time the town had had street lights.
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Story No 5: Walton's Alston Lime & Coal Company

Robin Walton
Photo: Robin Walton's drawing of a locomotive. He was approx 12 yrs old when he drew it. And thanks to him for providing most of the information in this story
A PROBLEM AND A SOLUTION

During the economic depression of the 1930s Alston was a particularly distressed area. The lead was almost completely worked out and there was no industry to replace it. Long queues of unemployed men waited outside the post office to receive their 17/- per week benefit from Bill Wilkinson, the Postmaster.
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Story No 7: Alston's Skating Rink

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Looks like people who lived in Alston centuries ago had great fun in the winter…… Could we do the same?
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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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