The following Books are available from the Heritage Group. Most of the prices given do not include postage. Please email us with any Book requests for total cost or enquiries.
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Moota Camp 103: The Story of a Cumbrian Prisoner-of-War Camp, Gloria Edwards, £5.99 (includes p & p)
The War Years – Life in Cockermouth and at the Moota POW Camp, Gloria Edwards, £8.99 (includes p & p)
Cockermouth Amateur Theatre - A Pictorial History, Greg Greenhalgh, sorry, no more copies available at present
‘Cockermouth in Pictures’ series by J Bernard Bradbury, £1.80 each:
Book 1 – Industry Part One
Book 2 – Industry Part Two
Book 3 – Castle
Book 4 – Wordsworth House
Book 5 – Rail, Road and River
Book 6 – Houses
Book 7 – Churches and Schools
Book 8 – Maps and Plans
Book 9 – Public Buildings
Book 10 – Inns and Taverns
Book 11 – Yards and Courts
Cockermouth’s Civic Trust – Its Aims and Achievements, J Bernard Bradbury, 60p
Walks from Cockermouth, J Bernard Bradbury, 60p
Cockermouth - Walks Round the Town, J Bernard Bradbury, 60p
Welton School Memories, Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
H.M.S. "Sweetbriar" The Adopted Ship by Wigton, Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
A Part of Fairfield School’s History (1925-1949), Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
The History of St Joseph’s Roman Catholic School (1877-1984), Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
The History of All Saints’ National School (1869-1972), Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
Lorton General School – the Victorian History (1872-1902), Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
Cockermouth’s Evacuees (1939-1945), Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
Lord Mayo’s Statue Cockermouth, Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
The Fletcher Family’s Connections with the Cockermouth Knacker Trade, Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
Cockermouth’s Carnegie Free Library, Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
Cockermouth Comparisons 1 (1851), Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
Cockermouth Comparisons 2 (1881), Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
The Birth of Fletchertown, Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
The History of HMS Melbreak, Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
All Hallows, Fletchertown – the Story of a Parish, Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
Memories of a Cockermouth All Saints’ National School Scholar (1904-1948), Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
Cockermouth People (Book 1) (1834-1911), Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
Cockermouth People (Book 2) (1911-1918), Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
Cockermouth People (Book 3) (1919-1971), Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
Cockermouth People (Book 4) (1886-1978), Mick Jane, £5 + £1.50 postage
The Harris Thread – the family, the linen and the impact Aline Elliott, £3
Christ Church – a brief history of the Church and its impact on the town of Cockermouth, Aline Elliott, £1
Durability, Economy, Efficiency: A book of kitchen management from 1903
David Lewis. This 112, A5 full-colour book is available for £7.50 (inc p&p and £2 to CHG funds) from David
'Durability, Efficiency, Economy' were the three words that Mary Eleanor Blakey used at the end of a 100-page notebook filled with marvellous copperplate script to sum up her approach to work in the kitchen.
The book was begun in 1903, and added to throughout the rest of Mary's life until her death in 1939. It then lay undisturbed for 75 years until discovered as part of a charity shop donation in Selby, Yorkshire.
Edited for publication by local historian David Lewis, it contains 75 of her recipes, kitchen management tips and a review of the modern way in which she taught her kitchencraft to miners' daughters in Rothwell near Leeds. It also contains a detailed biography - and this is where the book may be of interest to Cockermouth residents.
With the help of many local groups, including the Cockermouth Heritage Group, and Mary's great niece, David has managed to piece together Mary's life story. Born near Ripon in 1876 to family of tenant farmers, in 1909 Mary married James William ('Willie') Hall of Evening Hill, Cockermouth.
They lived at that address until his death in 1937. Much of the book was probably composed whilst Mary lived in Cockermouth.
Willie was a renowned agriculturalist, sheep breeder and figure of local importance, being a partner in Smails. Bros & Hall, clothiers of 28 Main Street. Mary was Commandant of the Cockermouth Auxiliary Hospital in WW1, for which work she received an MBE.
They were separated in death. Willie is buried in Cockermouth with many of his close family referred to on his headstone. Yet no mention is made of Mary, who is buried in isolation in Carlisle.