Extracts, by Stuart Cresswell, from “English Lakes Visitor and Keswick Guardian” with kind permission of Keswick Museum and Art Gallery.
(Advert) To Be Let: Apartments to Let: large Sitting Room, three Beds, use of Piano. – Mrs Harrison, Braithwaite.
(Advert) Photography: Wanted Apprentice (Female). If musical, preferred. Apply Mr GP Abraham, Lake Road.
A Keswick May Queen: Miss Annie Bawden, daughter of Mr W Bawden, Pillar House, and lately a pupil teacher at St John’s Girls’ School, was chosen May Queen by her fellow students at Whitelands training college, Chelsea, on Wednesday, May 1. May Day is an important holiday function in the Whitelands year. In addition to the honour attached to the May Queenship, the young lady also receives a valuable gold cross, the gift of Mr Ruskin, and her attendants are each presented with a volume of Mr Ruskin’s works.
Recognition of Bravery: Fellow townsmen will be glad to hear that, on the recommendation of the Rev Canon Rawnsley, the Royal Humane Society have unanimously resolved that FM Abbott is justly entitled to the honorary testimonial of the society, inscribed on vellum, for having, on the 22nd February, 1895, gone to the rescue of R Jenkinson who was in imminent danger of drowning in the River Derwent at Grange, and whose life he gallantly saved. Canon Rawnsley presented the testimonial to FM Abbott on Saturday last, after having made public mention of it at the meeting in the parish room on the evening previous.
Threlkeld, Mission Room: The annual festival (rather late this year) was celebrated on Wednesday. A public tea was held in the afternoon, and the tables were presided over by Mrs T Stuart, Mrs Simpson, Mrs Jordan, Miss Dobson, and Miss Airey. At the public meeting held after tea (Mr TW Gatey in the chair), addresses were given by the Rev W Hudson, Mr P Thompson and Mr T Carrick. Sacred songs were sung at intervals by the Keswick Mission Choir, under the lead of Mr G Allcock. Two trios were also sung by Mrs Jordan, Mrs Roberts, and Miss Dobson.
Keswick Petty Sessions – Wilful Damage: Edward Pattinson, 16 years of age, labourer, JH Robinson, 14, bobbin turner’s apprentice, and Alfred Butterworth, 16, labourer, were jointly summoned on a charge of wilfully damaging a bridge at Rosthwaite on the 31st March. The lads pleaded guilty. The police called as witness John Shannon, 13 years of age, son of Mr Shannon, general dealer, Keswick. He said that on Sunday afternoon, 31st March, he was with the three defendants at Rosthwaite. Pattinson knocked a stone off the bridge into the back and the other lads also each knock one off. Superintendent Graham stated that the charge was laid under the “Highway Act.” The damage had been estimated by the Surveyor at 15 shillings [75p]. In reply to Dr Douglas, Shannon said that the stones were lying loose on the bridge, whereupon his worship said the bridge could not have been in good repair and it would be unjust to charge the lads with the cost putting it in good repair. After consultation the Chairman said the magistrates had decided to deal leniently with the lads, as this was their first offence. The case was dismissed with a caution.
Sales by Auction – Desirable Land and Cottages at Braithwaite: To be Sold by Auction by Mrs R Mumberson and Son, auctioneers, at the Crown Inn, Braithwaite, near Keswick, on Thursday, 23 May 1895, at 7 o’clock in the evening, in lots, Freehold Field, called “Butts,” and Customary Closes, of the rent of 4d [2p], called “Croft,” and “Braithwaite Bridge Field,” containing respectively 3r 17p, and 3r 17p, and 1r 5p, or thereabouts, occupied by Mrs Elizabeth Thwaits as tenant, till Candlemas 1896. Also, all those 2 Freehold Cottages, with the Yard, Gardens, Pigstye, and 2 Closets and Ashmidden, occupied by Messrs William Thwaits and Thomas Gibson as tenants; and the Barn and Byre in the Yard, and the common use of Middenstead on the opposite side of the road. Mr William Thwaits will show the premises, and for further particulars apply to the auctioneers.
Otter Hunt: On Tuesday morning the West Cumberland Otter Hounds, in the charge of Mr Fletcher, Cockermouth, arrived at Keswick by the 7.30 am train. The hounds were cast off in Fitz Park, and followed the trail down the Greta and the Derwent as far as Low Stock Bridge, where a large otter was found under a tree root. The hounds worked hard to get it away, but were unable, and they were drawn off, no kill resulting. There was a large number of followers, and some good sport was enjoyed.
Runaway Horse: Yesterday (Friday) noon some excitement was caused by a runaway horse the property of Mr Richardson, butcher, etc, Southey Street. The horse’s bridle had been removed to give it opportunity to feed and for some reason it started off with the cart up Church Street, down St John’s Street, across the Upper Market Square, and turned down the street, narrowly escaping a run into Mr Strong’s shop window. Goods from the cart were scattered here and there along the route. While the horse was coming at full speed, a gentleman with his cane struck it between the ears and felled it. In its fall the animal hurt its knees somewhat severely and made its mouth bleed.
Fatal Accident at Grange: On Tuesday evening at about 6.45 o’clock a boy of six years of age, named James Walker, while walking on the wall of Grange Bridge, Borrowdale, fell onto the stones below, a distance of 13 feet, and fractured his skull. Dr Poynder, a visitor staying at Crosthwaite, happened be in the neighbourhood at the time, and he gave the little fellow attention until the arrival of Dr Crawford from Keswick. The injury, however, proved fatal on Thursday morning. An inquest was held in the old Wesleyan chapel yesterday before Mr Simpson, deputy coroner for the Honour of Cockermouth, and a jury, of whom Mr Threlkeld was foreman. A verdict of “accidental death” was returned. The boy was the son of Mr Thomas Walker, labourer, Grange.
Fishing: It has been reported to us that Mr John Swinburn caught a fine trout of 5 pounds weight on the lake on Tuesday, while an old professional angler, with a 25 shilling [£1-25] rod and a first-class rig up, only managed to take one of as many ounces.