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Changing Times:

The Millennium Story of the People of Bolton, Westmorland


Profits from this book are going to the Bolton Memorial Hall fund.

About this book:

  • ISBN: 095 407 1131 (paperback)

  • Published 2001

  • Price £12.50 + postage

  • 284 pages

  • Illustrated with 160 black and white photographs and drawings

About this Book:

This book is a millennium history of the village of Bolton, near Appleby, in Cumbria. It covers every aspect of village life, past and present, with detailed histories of village houses and people. Changing Times is illustrated with 160 excellent photographs of village people and places.

In many ways it is a community venture, with sections of the book contributed by different people. All the threads are brought together into an informative and readable whole by the author. This book is a must for anyone interested in the history of the Eden Valley.

Review: Eavesdropping banned in Eden village

MILLENNIUM books continue to emerge and impress, the most recent being Barbara Cotton's Changing Times: The Millennium story of the people of Bolton, a work of 274 pages, with many village pictures.

The overall effect of the book is that Bolton is a fine place to live and has been for many years. Despite the perfection of the place, however, the Manor Court found it necessary to lay down rules, some banning the stopping of watercourses and trespassing on land, and another warning aboug gossip by "any maid or woman that is Eesdroppers who standes under walles or windows by night or day to heare tailes."

With the aid of other villagers, Barbara Cotton has dug out a vast amount of fascinating information about the people and properties of Bolton in years long past. The compiling of all this detail, and combining it with supporting pictures, have clearly involved a great amount of teamwork.

Bolton is not on the main east-west road and was even more isolated before the building of the bridge by public subscription. Although originally certified to be "substantially built and commodious" the bridge was found to be "in decay" only six years later - and they had to start all over again!

The school was also built by subscription and James Hanson, curate of Bolton, left money t the school in his will, dated July, 1721, as recorded in his epitaph: In memory of James Hanson, Who to the town poor out of his store, His last will makes relation; Ten pounds he gave and forty more, For children's education.

The chapter on the school is strengthened by several pictures of pupils in former years and the personal memories of Mrs. Maisie Parkin, the head teacher for 27 years. Who was the girl pupil who hid the costume of a leading character iin a play, on finding that she had not been given the part?

Barbara Cotton has received the support of many villagers. Brian Lamont describes plant and bird life on the banks of the Eden in an engrossing way, while Audrey Dent's contribution about old-style earth closets, generally at the bottom of the garden, is obviously wirtten with a thorough knowledge of the subject!

Among villagers whose deeds are recognised in the book is the late Brian Stockdale who, at the age of ten years, rescued a baby, John Smedley, from the river. He was honoured at a village fete and reproduced in the book is the hand-made certificate he received along with £6 for his bravery.

With the story of Bolton largely told, Derick Cotton takes a look to the future, concluding: "For those of us who live in Bolton, we must treasure and maintain all that makes it such a special place... And let us hope that the place retains its undoubted beauty and benefits for many, many years to come." Cumberland and Westmorland Herald, December 2001


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