The Story of Appleby in Westmorland (Hardback)Martin Holdgate
Hardback Published: 11/11/2006
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To the casual visitor, Appleby in Westmorland may appear just a typical little English country town, tucked away in some of the country's loveliest scenery. That appearance is deceptive. Few towns have been caught up in so much history. Beginning as a cluster of farmsteads built by Danish settlers over a thousand years ago, it alternated between Scottish and English kingdoms and became the seat of a powerful Norman barony. By 1300, it had grown into a prosperous market town, run by some sharp-dealing merchants. Sacked by the Scots and slowly rebuilt, it became the home of an extraordinary woman - the Lady Anne Clifford. Its ancient Grammar School has turned Westmorland boys into Archbishops, Generals and Lord Mayors and narrowly missed educating President George Washington. For over six hundred years it sent two Members to Parliament - Prime Minister William Pitt among them. Until 1974 it was England's smallest County Town. Few places of its size - for it has never had more than three thousand inhabitants - have contributed so much to the story of the nation. In this new book that story is told clearly, simply and with flashes of humour.
Publisher: Hayloft Publishing