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Pigs - not in clover, but living in kitchens and pantries of homes

WORKINGTON Local Board produced a set of by-laws back in 1882. They were acting, to quote, as “the Urban Sanitary Authority.” They laid down the rules and regulation “with respect to new streets and buildings, in Workington.”

Last updated 21 October 2010
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So many evocative smells so send for the smells historian

CAN you smell the coffee? I can. I do have a cup of coffee, instant variety, to hand as I type these words – but that’s not the coffee I’m smelling. I’m back in Wallasey, more years ago than I care to remember, outside a coffee shop that roasted its own coffee beans.

Last updated 14 October 2010
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Excessive drinking – a problem that has failed to dry up over the years

HOW many watering troughs are there on the roads between Distington and Whitehaven?

Last updated 7 October 2010
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The demanding but defunct old school tradition of ‘barring out’

IMAGINE the scene. A schoolmaster, after bidding farewell to a visitor he’d been talking to by the school gate, walked the few steps to his school door, no doubt anxious to get back into the classroom to see what his pupils had been getting up to.

Last updated 30 September 2010
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Old folk cures and advertising your warts in the Times & Star

OLD folk cures have always interested me. But then, as readers of this column have probably worked out, I’m a long time hypochondriac. I blame the neighbour who gifted me, at the age of nine, an aged multi-volume set of “The Home Doctor.” She’s got a lot to answer for.

Last updated 23 September 2010
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‘She did not weaken, nor tongue babble under the blows of time’

WOMEN lecturers did not impress him. Indeed, he disliked them. To quote: “I think it seems unwomanly, or, at any rate, unlike what our ideal of woman is, to see one of the fair sex shouting and gesticulating on a public platform.”

Last updated 9 September 2010
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Model yacht racing’s heyday and Harrington’s thriving club

“BO PEEP” came in first. “Lily” came second, closely followed by “Doreen” and “Excelsior.” This was in Harrington in July 1927, on the Harrington Reservoir to be exact, and this was the result of the weekly race of the Harrington Model Yacht Club.

Last updated 2 September 2010
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A puzzling grand auction of the contents of Dublin stately home

I WAS puzzled! I’d been told about a local newspaper advert for an auction, which was held in Workington in 1886, and, looking for the ad, I was even more puzzled when I chanced upon a short item in the previous issue of the West Cumberland Times.

Last updated 26 August 2010
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She was drop dead gorgeous in her ‘mend and make do’ outfit

SHE was drop dead gorgeous! Not that I ever told her so. It’s not really the sort of thing an eight-year-old schoolboy would tell one of his schoolteachers - a young woman in her early 20s.

Last updated 19 August 2010
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Interesting insight into the life of a police officer in the 19th century

POLICE constables on the beat! More of them should be out there and, if you pick up on what’s happening in some forces in the country, they should be looking smarter – or less scruffy – than they look at the present.

Last updated 5 August 2010
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What’s in a name? Mystery of the likes of Yorky, Melbreak and Ingot

YORKY! Anyone remember the name? He/she used to cover Rugby League for the “Workington Star” some time after the last war.

Last updated 29 July 2010
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Lifting gloom and despondency with piglifting and a sack race

DEPRESSION, disease and near starvation hit Workington, and the rest of West Cumberland, in 1891. Times were hard.

Last updated 22 July 2010
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Reds star’s Hartlepool transfer fee – £10 and a box of kippers

WHAT you write today wraps the chips tomorrow! I can remember using these words, once told me by a grizzled old newspaper pro, in this column a good many years ago. And, as I remember, I didn’t disagree with his sentiments.

Last updated 8 July 2010
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A case of rose-tinted spectacles?

WHY are you wasting your time digging out a load of stuff about the past? It’s all dead and gone – and no use to us today. What we should all be thinking about is the future!

Last updated 1 July 2010
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Drink your way to good health – with water

SIX glasses of water! That’s what we should all be drinking every day – for the sake of our health.

Last updated 24 June 2010
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Mining hero immortalised in verse by Canon Rawnsley

WILLIAM Walker was a hero in August 1891. Everybody said so.

Last updated 17 June 2010
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A glimpse behind the scenes of life for British POW camp guards

DARTBOARD wanted! If you haven’t got one to spare, how about a chess or draughts set, dominoes – or any other board game?

Last updated 10 June 2010
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Age of criminal responsibility is a very long-running debate

THEY were charged at Workington Petty Sessions with “having stolen four pairs of cloth leggings on January 18, from the shop of JC Harkness, tailor, Station Road, Workington.”

Last updated 3 June 2010
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Cycling can be hazardous for your pocket and your looks

IGNORANCE of the law is no excuse! That’s what two erring cyclists were told in Whitehaven Police Court in July 1903, just before they were fined 10 shillings each for their cycling misdemeanours. A not inconsiderable sum of money then.

Last updated 27 May 2010
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School pupil strikes thought to be copying their industrial elders

WHEN will pupils in our local schools go out on strike? Are they, in today’s increasingly permissive climate, legally able to strike? If the powers that be think not, could potential junior strikers claim that they had been denied their human rights? Who knows? And if the pupils at one school did actually strike, would there be a series of copycat strikes in the rest of the country?

Last updated 20 May 2010
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