100 Interesting Facts

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The name Cumbria comes from the same root as Cymry, the Welsh word meaning ‘fellow countrymen'

Piel Island was the scene of a failed invasion on 5 June 1487, when Lambert Simnel, claiming to be ‘King Edward VI’, landed there.

It is claimed (but it can’t be proved) that the last wolf in England was killed at Humphrey Head around the year 1390

There was a pearl fishery at Drigg in the 17th century, in the mussel beds of the Irt estuary.

Mardale Green, a hamlet in the parish of Shap, was drowned in the 1930s when Haweswater was extended to provide a reservoir for Manchester

On 22nd February 1822 a great flood destroyed five bridges in the Eden Valley.  The water was three feet deep in Appleby church

Cumbria contains both the highest mountain in England (Scafell Pike, 3209 feet) and also the deepest lake (Wastwater, 243 feet)

Dunmail Raise is the supposed burial site of Dyfnwal ab Owain, 10th century King of Stratchclyde; may mark the kingdom's southern boundary

Kirkby Stephen Church contains a 10th century carved stone block depicting the Norse God Loki, often referred to as The Bound Devil.

The only part of Cumbria to be included in Domesday was the part around Ulverston and Dalton. The rest was not considered part of England.

Did you know that the oldest "railway" in the world has been discovered in a mine near Caldbeck and dates back to the 14th Century.

England's highest market town is Alston and St John the Evangelist, Nenthead is the highest parish church.

Did you know there was a Royal Mint in Carlisle in the 12th Century.

Kendal Parish Church has five aisles and is the second largest parish church in England.

Did Sir Richard Musgrave kill the last wild boar in England on Wild Boar Fell, Mallerstang?

Each night the town clock bell at Kirkby Stephen Parish Church rings eight times for the time and once for every day of the month.

Blackmail originated in Cumbria and the borders as the name for the protection racket that the Border Reivers ran for centuries.

St Bees is named after St Bega, reputed to have been an Irish princess who fled from the Vikings in 850AD - but who may not have existed

Two Kings died in or near Carlisle. David I of Scotland (d. 1153) and Edward I of England (d. 1307 at Burgh by Sands).

Iron, copper, lead, zinc, cobalt, antimony, silver, tungsten, manganese and barium have all been mined in the Lake District.