We West Cumbrians are fortunate to live in such a beautiful part of the world; some
of us were born here and some have moved to live here, but we all share the heritage
of West Cumbria, the memories of its past and the anticipation of its future.
That heritage is more than the physical landscape, though the beauty of the local
scenery is often the first thing that strikes the visitor. Human intervention has
left marks on the landscape that can be traced back in time to the Iron Age and before,
if you know where to look.
People themselves have inhabited this space and yet made a wider mark; politicians,
writers, scientists. Mining left its indelible footprint in our Parish and the scars
of old workings, disused railway lines, spoil tips all are still clearly visible.
Buildings and the clues they leave behind provide an interesting puzzle for those
visiting onlookers who stand and stare.
And therein lies a problem for us; “if you know where to look”; as out population
ages, memories fade or are lost for ever. Newcomers to our area may learn about
some of Lamplugh’s heritage and that helps to keep our history alive. Over time
though we lose the richness and the texture of our heritage, fading as it does into
distant echoes, hearsay, myth and legend.
We are working to record as much as we can of the rich heritage of our area so that
we can leave a map for others to follow in years to come.
Our Heritage Mapping Project is in its infancy and we would welcome your input to
help us record this landscape no matter where you live in the world.
Let me first define for you the sorts of things that we could include.
People’s memories and experiences
Histories of people, communities, places and events
Historic buildings and townscapes
Collections of items, archives or other materials
Natural and designed landscapes
Habitats and species
Sites and collections linked to our industrial, mining, quarrying and transport
The legacy of our farming traditions
You can begin to appreciate that this is a potentially endless list, so where do
Whether you live here now, have moved on or have been a visitor to our area, your
recollections, local knowledge, immediate surroundings all might provide a clue. Is
there a date on the building in the locality where you live(d): Do you have memories
of your family or neighbours working in the mines, the quarries or factories in Lamplugh?
Are there stories or photographs you would share with us? Have members of your family
worked on the land and are there details of farms, farming, rural traditions and
personal histories that you can tell us about.
This website will serve three purposes. It will enable you, wherever you are now,
to see the developing story of our area as we start to put Lamplugh on the map; If
you have memories or materials you want to share with us, the website is your medium;
hit the “e-mail us” button and let us know how you can help. Had you thought about
visiting this wonderful part of the country; if you are thinking of visiting and
want to know more about your holiday destination then the website is for you. Even
if all you want to do is give us feedback about the site, feel free to contact us
and let us have your reactions. We look forward to hearing from you.