Local history recorded on plaques

Walking round towns and villages in England it is possible to spot signs and plaques erected by various organisations with an interest in local history.

Sometimes they are too high or too weathered to be easily read. A photo may be enlarged to help decipher the writing on the wall.

My photos are all from Cumbria and taken using my phone.

Ludhiana Christian Medical college. (SHIELD AT TOP OF PLAQUE)
DAME EDITH MARY BROWN
DBE (1931). KAISAR-I-HIND (Gold 1922)
MA (Cantab). MD (Brux). FRCSEd. MRCOG.
BORN HERE 24 MARCH 1864
DIED 6 DECEMBER 1956 IN SRINAGAR, INDIA.
EDUCATED AT GIRTON COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE.
THE LONDON SCHOOL OF MEDICINEN FOR WOMEN AND 
tHE ROYAL FREE HOSPITAL. SAILED TO INDIA WITH
THE BAPTIST ZENANA MISSION IN 1891.
FOUNDER PRINCIPAL OF TEH WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN MEDICAL
COLLEGE, LUDHIANA 1894-1942. PIONEER EDUCATOR.
REFORMER, ADMINISTRATOR AND SURGEON.
SHE SAW THE COLLEGE BECOME CO-EDUCATIONAL,
AFFILIATED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PUNJAB,
AND WIDELY RCOGNISED
Plaque commemorating Dame Mary Edith Brown
Plaque commemorating 'Romany'
‘Romany’ of the BBC – The Reverend G. Bramwell Evens

The plaque commemorating the popular children’s broadcaster known as Romany was unveiled by Terry Waite, CBE.

Weathered plaque with text and a picture of a family crest with an illegible ribbon
A weathered plaque (text below)

GALE MANSION
Built by William Gale
In the 1730s as merchant
traders the family had strong links
with the Virginian tobacco trade.
William Gale was the brother-in law of
Mildred Washington, the grandmother of
George Washington, 1st President of the USA.

October CMMC Letter Q or U in the word

Cee Neuner’s Midweek Madness Challenge (CMMC) this week is for something with the letter Q or the letter U. Do visit Cee’s blog to see her photos and links to other participants’ photos.

Whitehaven harbour has a number of quays, which have names including Sugar Tongue – a reference to the cargo which was unloaded there in times past. Now the harbour is used for fishing and leisure.

View of Whitehaven Harbour
One of the quays at Whitehaven Harbour

My photo was taken with my phone on a bright day in October. There is a lot to look at. In the foreground is a juvenile gull and a sculpture C2C marking the start of the Coast to Coast cycle route. The wavy line and the crow’s nest were part of a regeneration scheme for the harbour. In the background older buildings around the harbour are visible. It was a perfect day for reflections. I was there to look at the swans.

5 of my best photos from November 2020

With the second lockdown having begun in England on 5 November there is no opportunity for trips to different places. So I have picked out 5 recent photos to share here. I hope they demonstrate the diversity* of places within walking distance of home. (* links to a summery post)

The pond dried up completely in the summer, but has been filled by recent storms.

The lonning was refurbished earlier this year and the plant-life alongside it is growing well, filling any patches of bare earth.

I can remember when the ‘bite out of the cliff’ was a circular hole. It changes every year.

Remembrance Sunday was a dull day with rain later.