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  Darwen County History: A History of Cumberland and Westmorland
Darwen CH: Cumberland & Westmorland

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 144 pages
Author: W. Rollinson
Year: 1996
Other Data: b&w & colour photos, maps, sketches, bibliog
ISBN: 9781860770098

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Product Code: PHI028

Cumberland and Westmoreland for long centuries functioned as separate units, before their merger in 1974; and the fierce pride and independence of the old counties has not been eradicated. After more than two decade joined as Cumbria, the Dark Age, Celtic name for the region, old loyalists persist, for reasons deep in their respective histories, and Dr Rollinson reveals in this perceptive, integrated account of their past. From earliest prehistory to the present day, the long story of Westmorland and Cumberland emerges clearly as a human struggle, by successive generations of men and women, to overcome a hard, if beautiful, environment and hostile neighbours, For until the union of the Crowns, in 1603, this was a troubled border region, fought over by Scots and English, to which solid peles and fortified church towers still bear witness. Since peace prevailed, the region has enjoyed both an agricultural and an industrial revolutions--well evidenced by dry-stone walls snaking over the fells and by the fenced off shafts of worked out mines--before tourism took over from trade and nuclear power from coal in the local economy.

This book, first published in 1978, was the first to tell the gripping story of the two counties in a lucid, readable style, concise yet comprehensive, with the additional attraction of a profusion of carefully selected or specially drawn pictures and maps. Based on profound scholarship, it became the basic bok for the student, while its popular approach ensured great success with the resident and visitor alike. After nearly twenty years as the standard work on Cumbrian history a complete revision, resetting and redesigning of the book had become necessary, to produce this second edition. It makes Dr Rollinson’s classic work one again the most up-to-date and attractive account of this ever-popular corner of north-west England.

List of Illustrations
1. The Prehistoric Period
2. The Romans in Cumberland and Westmorland
3. The Men of the North
4. Border Barons and Medieval Monasteries
5. The Turbulent Border
6. The Tudor Landscape
7. Town and Country in the 17th Century
8. Mines and Mining
9. The Last Invasions - the ‘15 and the ‘45
10. The New Agriculture
11. Turnpikes, Canals and Early Railways
12. Shipping and Shipbuilding
13. The Iron Industry in Cumberland
14. The Nineteenth Century Urban Scene
15. Some Nineteenth Century Rural Industries
Epilogue: Cumbria - The Land of the Cymry

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