St Andrew’s Well, Kirkandrews-upon-Eden

‘Only one well has been discovered dedicated to St. Andrew in the county, which is situated in the churchyard of Kirkandrews-on-Eden, and is not affected by the most intense frost or the longest drought....


Dalston Holy Well

According to The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope (1893),’The Holy Well near Dalston is very interesting, and had some connection with Carlisle. It is situated in the...


Irthington Holy Well

According to The Legendary Lore of the Holy Wells of England by Robert Charles Hope (1893), ‘At Irthington, rising in the churchyard boundary, was the well called “How,” or “Ha,” evidently a corruption of...


Toddel Well

‘No one now seeks Toddel Well in the township of Longrigg. It was formerly the belief in this parish that the waters of this well had a similar efficacy to the pool of Bethesda,...


St Ninian’s Well, Brisco

‘Miss Losh*, who will be long remembered in this county for her works of piety and love, extended her protecting care to St. Ninian’s Well at Briscoe, erecting over it a semicircular arch, and...

Botcherby Big Cat (2013)

On 20 May 2013 the following article by Emily Parsons entitled ‘A BIG cat spotter claims a recent “lynx” sighting in Carlisle is not the first’, was published in the News and Star.

Carlisle’s Cursing Stone

In 2001 a large stone inscribed with a curse was place in the underpass near Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum. It was designed by a local Carlisle artist named Gordon Young and made by Andy Altman.


The Bridal of Triermain (1813) by Sir Walter Scott

Come Lucy! while ’tis morning hour
       The woodland brook we needs must pass;
So, ere the sun assume his power,
We shelter in our poplar bower,
Where dew lies long upon the flower,
       Though vanish’d from the velvet grass.
Curbing the stream, this stony ridge


The Monition of Cursing, Archbishop Gavin Dunbar of Glasgow

"Gude folks, heir at my Archibischop of Glasgwis letters under his round sele, direct to me or any uther chapellane, makand mensioun, with greit regrait, how hevy he beris the pietous, lamentabill, and dolorous complaint that pass our all realme and commis to his eris, be oppin voce and fame, how our souverane lordis trew liegis, men, wiffis and barnys, bocht and redeimit be the precious blud