Extracts, by Stuart Cresswell, from “English Lakes Visitor and Keswick Guardian” with kind permission of Keswick Museum and Art Gallery.
Sales by Auction (advert) – Valuable Freehold Property, at Keswick for sale, to be sold by auction, by order of the mortgagees, by Messrs R Mumberson and Son, on Tuesday, ninth day of April, 1895, at the Court Buildings, Keswick, at 6:00 PM, all that Piece of Land situated in the Borrowdale Road, Keswick, containing by admeasurement 366 square yards or thereabouts, with Two Unfinished Dwelling Houses erected thereon. Also, all that commodious Dwelling House with the out offices, situate in Leonard Street, Keswick, and now in the occupation of Mr Peter Swindle, as tenant.
Queens Scholarship Examination – The following pupil teachers have passed in the first-class and will enter training college in July: Miss Adah Davidson (St John’s Girls’ School), 333rd in the list, Warrington College; Miss Mary Bawden (St John’s Infants’), 465th, Whitelands, Chelsea; and Miss Jessie Lawson (Brigham), 484th, Durham.
Mary Hewetson Cottage Hospital – Donations: newspapers and illustrated magazines, Mr Henderson; oranges, sweets, and illustrated papers, Mrs Slack; games, Mrs Rawnsley; eggs, Mrs Nicholls; oranges, Mrs Hodgson; eggs and oranges, Miss Bourke; flowers, Miss Elizabeth Carr; hyacinths, Mr Hayes; pictures, Mrs Reynard; magazines, Mr Robinson; magazines, cake, and marmalade, Mrs Green; photograph views, Mr Peile; illustrated magazines, Mrs RD Marshall; magazines, Mr Fisher Crosthwaite.
Property Sale – Messrs Mumberson and Son, instructed by the trustees under the will of the late Mrs Lancaster, offered for public sale in the Governor’s House Sale Room last night, the property at the corner of Main Street and Stanger Street, together with a portion of garden ground in Stanger Street. The property was offered in lots and the ground for the two building sites, about 395 yards, was bid to £215. The two houses in Main Street with a frontage of 52 feet into Stanger Street were bid to £380. The property was afterwards sold in one lot for £600 to Mr W Hodgson, who represented Mr Elliot.
Volunteer Long Service Medal – At Carlisle on Saturday afternoon, Col J Ford Hilton, Commandant of the 34th Regimental District (Carlisle), presented the long service medals to those members, past and present, who had become entitled to them. Altogether there were 112. Col Hilton said, so far as his information went, the 1st Volunteer Battalion Border Regiment had received a greater number than any Volunteer Battalion in Great Britain, and he thought that something to be proud of. As with the Battalion, so it is with the Keswick Company, for the largest share falls to them. There were 13 for the E company, as follows: Private H Bell, Private J Black, Sgt J Cockbain (resigned 1893), Colour-Sgt Thompson Fleming, Private J Harrison (resigned 1891), Cpl W Kneale (resigned 1892), Lance-Cpl W Pridmore (resigned 1894), Private J Richardson (resigned 1894), Cpl A Scott (resigned 1892), Sgt J Scott (resigned 1893), Colour-Sgt J Southwood (resigned 1891), Private W Telford, and Sgt J Watson. Col JJ Spedding (the present commander of the Battalion) and Maj J Fisher Crosthwaite, both former captains of the Company, received decorations along with other volunteer officers about 18 months ago. The medal now distributed is of silver. The obverse bears an image of her Majesty with the words “Victoria Regina,” and the reverse is inscribed “For long service in the Volunteer Force.” The medal is attached to a green ribbon.
Going Abroad (advert) – Will sell cheap: Gentleman’s First-Class Touring Caravan. Particulars from Douglas, artist, Keswick.
Sam Hague’s Minstrels – This troupe visited Keswick on Monday and gave a performance at the Pavilion. There was a bumper house. It is said that Sam Hague has not been at Keswick for 25 years, and it would be well for another such interval to elapse before he comes again, in order to afford the public the chance to forget stop
The Borrowdale Road – The work of improvement is going on steadily and already a good portion of the crown of the hill at Great Wood end has been removed. It has been proposed at the Rural District Council to us the County Council to take over as a main road the circular length from Keswick by harnessed to Newlands.
St John’s in the Vale: The Parish Quarry – At the meeting of the Cockermouth Rural District Council on Monday, Mr Bowden called attention to the alleged interference with the Parish Quarry by the Threlkeld Granite Company Limited. A committee was appointed to enquire into the matter.
Keswick Petty Sessions: Husband Beating – Esther Smith was summoned by her husband, Stephen Spencer Smith, for assaulting him on the 21st ult. Mr I Lothian appeared for the complainant and Mr Paulin for the defendant. Complainant alleged that his wife struck him and gave him a black eye. Mrs Smith pleaded guilty and she was bound over, in her own reconnaissance of £10, to keep the peace for six months.
Keswick Petty Sessions: Drunk While in Charge of a Horse – Thomas Crone, joiner, Cockermouth, was summoned for being drunk while in charge of a horse at Thornthwaite, on the 21st ult. Mr W Abbott was called by the police in support of the charge and he said the defendant was drunk and would, but for witness, have probably tried to ride the horse up the fell to the “Bishop.” Defendant did not appear, and he was fined 20 shillings [£1] including costs.
St John’s Keswick, Church Lads Brigade Employment Bureau – Tradesmen and others requiring trustworthy Lads are requested to apply to the Secretary of the CLB, Rev JR C Forrest, Eskin Street, Keswick.
Threlkeld: Cattle Suffocated – Last Saturday about midnight some hay in a barn belonging to Mr Joseph Dixon, of Guardhouse, was discovered to be on fire. In an adjoining portion of the building were 10 cows in a calf. Six cows and a calf were suffocated. A portion of the stock belonged to Mr Tyson, Hill top, and he had them insured. Mr Dixon was not insured, and much sympathy as felt for him in his great loss. Probably some means will be adopted to give him practical proof. The injury to the building is comparatively trifling.
Thunderstorm and Damage – An unusually heavy thunderstorm passed over Keswick on Wednesday evening, accompanied by heavy rain. The storm was only of short duration. About 6 pm the High Street Meeting Room was struck by the electric fluid, and a portion of the roof was injured and also one of the chimneys, but the damage is not of a serious character.
Escapes from Drowning – On Tuesday evening a boy, named John Williamson, while playing on the edge of the mill race in Penrith Road, accidentally fell into the water. The cries of his companions attracted the attention of Mr Robert Wren, carter, happened to be near, and he promptly got the boy out little worse than a wetting. The same evening a boy of about five years of age, the son of Mr George Whitham, gas stoker, accidentally fell over the wall into the river at High Hill, where the current is rather swift. It was fortunate that the accident was observed by Mr George Birkett, who went into the river and rescued the lad from his perilous position.