Story No 43: Why is Alston Moor in Cumbria?

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    "...Have you ever wondered why Alston Moor is in Cumbria? If not, then wonder now. Geographically, the district is separated from Cumbria by the scarp of Cross Fell. Melmerby, the nearest Cumbrian village is ten miles away. Alston Moor is home to the River South Tyne, a river usually associated with Northumberland. Streams here are called burns, in Cumbria they are called becks. Cumbria has ‘-bys’ and ‘-thwaites’, Alston doesn’t. The Anglican church here has never had a connection with Cumbria or Cumberland, it was in the diocese of Durham and since 1885 it had been part of the diocese of Newcastle. The team parish is wholly within Northumberland. Methodism was evangelised from Weardale. Historically, the lords of the manor, except for one short period of about forty years, have been from anywhere but Cumberland – the Veteripoints from Scotland, Hiltons from Sunderland, Radcliffes from Tynedale and the Greenwich Hospital in London. Our news, if any, is reported by Border Television, but, unless you have satellite, we receive Tyne Tees and its news......"
  • Owner

    Alston Moor Historical Society
  • Source

    Local (Co-Curate)
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    Resource type: Text/Website
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 2 years, 5 months ago
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