What Became Of Christian
Cumbria has it’s fair share of famous individuals, I by no means realised quite what number of though. Pals of mine had came and stayed in a couple of self catering lake district cottages and we obtained speaking about who we thought was probably the most famous. I’ll have to allow you to decide.
1. Joss Naylor MBE (1936- )
Recognized because the ‘King of the Fells’, Joss Naylor has been a champion fell runner for nearly fifty years. And but Naylor, a sheep farmer from Nether Wasdale, was deemed unfit for National Service as a teenager and overcame a collection of injuries that would have caused most of us to live life cautiously. At the age of 30, Naylor completed 72 Lake District peaks, over a distance of one hundred miles, with a complete ascent of 37,000ft in beneath 24 hours. In 1986, he complete all 214 Wainwrights in every week. At the age of 60, he ran 60 Lakeland fells in 36 hours. At the age of 70, he accomplished 70 Lakeland fells; 50 miles and 25,000ft in ascent in underneath 21 hours.
Fans run in his footsteps on the Joss Naylor Challenge – 30 Lake District summits from Pooley Bridge at Ullswater to Joss’s house in Wasdale.
2. Beatrix Potter (1866 – 1943)
Beatrix Potter was in many ways the final word Cumbrian, and yet she was born in London. Unmarried till her 40s, Beatrix struggled initially to make an impartial residing. She lastly self-printed 250 copies of ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ in 1901; these have been seen by the publisher, Frederick Warne, and by the end of the next yr, that they had printed no less than 28,000 copies. Beatrix went on to write one other 22 books, and used the proceeds to purchase Hill Prime Farm, near Hawkshead.
Her legacy to the Lake District is her interest in conservation and conventional farming; she was a breeder of native Lakes Herdwick sheep, and purchased many acres of farmland. On her demise in 1943, she bequeathed 4,000 acres of land to the Nationwide Belief, together with Penny Hill Farm Cottage in Eskdale. The 2006 film, Miss Potter, covers Beatrix’s early life; Low Millgillhead Cottage in Lamplugh near Loweswater was one of the uncredited sets!
Three. St. Patrick (5th c)
Finest known because the patron saint of Eire, most sources agree that St. Patrick was born in Cumbria some time within the fifth century. Opinions are divided as to whether he was brought up on the Roman fort of Birdoswald, within the northeast of the county, or the west Cumbrian coastal village of Ravenglass, site of another Roman fort. Patrick, who had been kidnapped into slavery in Ireland at the age of sixteen, escaped his bondage, landed at Duddon Sands and walked to Patterdale – ‘St. Patrick’s Dale’ near Ullswater. He travelled via Aspatria – ‘ ash of Patrick’ – where the locals took so long to be transformed that his ash strolling staff grew into a tree! There’s additionally a St. Patrick’s Nicely near Glenridding, where the saint baptised the people of the Ullswater area.
4. Helen Skelton (1983- )
That’s proper,’ Blue Peter’s’ action lady is all-Cumbrian! Born within the Eden Valley village of Kirkby Thore, between Appleby and Penrith, Helen started her broadcasting career in local radio and Border Tv before changing into a reporter for the BBC’s children’s information programme, ‘Newsround’. She grew to become a ‘Blue Peter’ presenter in 2008. Since then, Helen has completed the Namibian Extremely marathon – solely the second woman to have finished so – and has kayaked the length of the Amazon, gaining her two mentions within the Guinness E book of Records. Nearer to home, Helen competed in the annual Muncaster Castle Festival of Fools in 2009. Muncaster’s famous seventeenth-century jester, the original ‘Tom Fool’ was actually Thomas Skelton. Maybe they’re related
5. Fletcher Christian (1764 – 1793)
It’s most likely protected to say you’re famous if Errol Flynn, Clark Gable, Marlon Brando and Mel Gibson have all played you in blockbuster films. Fletcher Christian was born in Brigham, near Cockermouth, the place he went to school with the poet, William Wordsworth. Christian had travelled to India and twice with Captain Bligh to Jamaica before they set off on the sick-fated journey to Tahiti in April, 1789. Later that year, 1300 miles west of Tahiti, Christian led the mutiny on the Bounty.
Having married a Tahitian princess, Christian, eight mutineers, six Tahitian men and eleven Tahitian girls landed on Pitcairn Island. By 1808, only one mutineer was left alive. What turned of Christian One mentioned he was shot; another variously said he died of pure causes, committed suicide, or was murdered. Rumours persist, nonetheless, that he escaped, returned to the Lake District and inspired Coleridge’s ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. Who knows
6. Norman Nicholson OBE (1914 – 1987)
Where the River Duddon meets the sea, below the towering form of Black Combe, lies the previous mining city of Millom and life-long dwelling to the poet, Norman Nicholson. Nicholson’s Cumbrian connection defined each his fame and his work, with lots of his poems paying tribute to the town, the Duddon Valley, and local sights reminiscent of Scafell Pike, Whitehaven, Patterdale, stone circles and the western coast. His words contrast vividly the reality of the declining mining city and the timeless grandeur of the natural Lake District surroundings.
‘There stands the base and root of the dwelling rock
Thirty thousand toes of solid Cumberland.’ (To the River Duddon)
7. Stan Laurel (1890 – 1965)
Arthur Stanley Jefferson, higher referred to as Stan Laurel, the skinny half of Laurel and Hardy, was born in Ulverston, the place the west Cumbrian coast meets Morecambe Bay. Laurel spent a lot of his life within the US, assembly Oliver Hardy in 1927 before the ‘talkies’ had taken over the world of film. Laurel made 190 films in whole, including ‘Duck Soup’, ‘Pardon Us’ and ‘Saps at Sea’. After Oliver Hardy’s sudden demise in 1957, Laurel never acted once more, although he continued to jot down. A statue of Stan Laurel was unveiled in Ulverston in April ’09.
8. Leo Houlding (1981 – )
Leo Houlding attracts many labels. Rock climber, excessive adventurer, mountaineer, base jumper, snowboarder, surfer and skydiver. Introduced up within the village of Bolton within the Eden Valley, Houlding is now based mostly in the Lake District but travels the world climbing. He can nonetheless be noticed at Lakes occasions such because the Keswick Mountain Festival, encouraging young people to check out what he loves greatest!
Houlding was the primary Briton to free-climb El Capitan in 1998, on the age of 17. In 2007, he accompanied Conrad Anker on the Altitude Everest Expedition, which traced the steps of George Mallory; this was the primary recorded ascent of the North East Ridge of Everest. Houlding is usually noticed on Tv these days – the BBC’s ‘My Right Foot’, ‘Top Gear’, and ‘Adrenaline Junkie’ with Jack Osbourne.
9. Catherine Parr (1512 – 1548)
Queen of England from 1543 – 1547, Catherine Parr was the last of Henry VIII’s six wives. Catherine was born at Kendal Castle simply south of the Lakes, and was a wonderful example of Cumbria’s sturdy-willed, outspoken and truthful-minded womenfolk. She had been widowed twice before she caught the king’s eye in 1543 and was obliged to marry him despite her relationship with Sir Thomas Seymour, brother of the 9-days’ queen, Jane Seymour. For 3 months in 1544, Catherine was appointed Regent whilst Henry VIII was away in France, and carried out all of the king’s tasks.
In 1547, Henry died, and Catherine was free to marry Seymour; her stepdaughter, the future Elizabeth I, came to live with them. Sadly, the relationship was soured by Seymour’s attraction to the younger princess, and a pregnant Catherine was obliged to send Elizabeth away. Catherine died five days after giving birth to her only daughter in 1548. And the scheming Seymour Beheaded for treason one 12 months later.
10. William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)
William Wordsworth was promoting Cumbria means earlier than Lake District holidays had been invented! A number one determine within the Romantic stone island buy online movement, Wordsworth wrote poetry inspired by sturdy emotion, however ‘remembered in tranquillity’. Born in Cockermouth and educated in Penrith and Hawkshead, Wordsworth returned to the Lake District in 1799 to dwell in Dove Cottage in Grasmere.
Perhaps his most well-known phrases, written about an Ullswater spring, are:
‘I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on excessive o’er vales and hills,
When all of sudden I saw a crowd,
A number of golden daffodills…’
Wordsworth additionally liked the Duddon Valley:
‘…Nonetheless glides the Stream, and shall for ever glide…’
He even mentioned some Lake District trees, recognized to be historical even then:
‘There’s a Yew-tree, satisfaction of Lorton Vale
Which to at the present time stands single…’
‘…However worthier still of be aware
Are these fraternal 4 of Borrowdale.’
In 1813, the Wordsworths moved to Rydal Mount (additionally open to the general public) in Ambleside. William was appointed Poet Laureate in 1843. He died in 1850, and at St. Oswald’s, Grasmere.
There are many vacation cottages within the lake district that are value a go to so you may follow in some of these famous cumbrian’s footsteps. Just observe the hyperlink within the resource box.