Index – topics

Topics are alphabetical

Click on a link in the topics list to be taken to the relevant article

Cumbrian and social history




Bicycle mania in 1869

Burials – a Victorian public health risk

Christmas in Victorian Penrith

Coats of arms/heraldry


  • see also punishments
  • affray and riots in Kingstown

The Port Carlisle Dandy

Diseases and medicine in Georgian times

Diseases and cures in Victorian times


First World War

Food and drink (alcohol: see A above)

Graffiti – historic

Haaf net fishing at Port Carlisle

Humour – Victorian

Industrial Revolution (the), and occupations

Job titles old and new

Life expectancy in 1776 and 1845

Lodging houses and the spread of disease

Maritime tragedies


Carlisle Museum

Mining – Wellington Pit

Need-fire – a Celtic tradition

New Year traditions down the centuries

Oil on troubled waters – a Cumbrian experiment

Pasche eggs – a Cumbrian tradition




Sanitation debated


Slander in Stuart England


Suicide – attitudes towards

Temperance theory

Theatre – Georgian

Thirlepolles – a mysterious ancient delicacy

Travel in the 1700s

Twelfth Night and twelfth cakes

Unfortunate deaths – a few examples


Weather in 1881

Window tax or duty

Workhouse life and food supplies

Family history tips and advice

Assumptions, the danger of

Bankruptcy and family history resources

Cumbrian surnames

Death certificates and their uses

Fake ghost proves the importance of sound research

Perils on online family trees

Manor courts

Wills and their uses for family history research

Georgian Cumbria, Georgian fashion, topics, Cumbrian Characters,