The mining village of Fletchertown may be a small community, but that does not mean it is not packed with history! It was built by two Fletcher brothers in the early 1870s to house thier mine workers in the area. Isaac and William Fletcher had also been Cockermouth MPs and were involved in the early life of the Cumbrian Railways. Sadly both the mine and railway station have now long gone.
The book written by the school children is particularly interesting as they really looked into how life was like in 1953. Coronation Year. I am sure they learned a lot about the Fletchertown area. In their time we had shops for a start!!
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The Birth of Fletchertown
In early census's, the village is usually referred to as Fletcher Town, or even Allhallows, it wasn’t until the 1901 census, that the name Fletchertown was joined together. One has to imagine that when the village was built in the 1870s, and the fact that the railway was close by at Mealsgate, the then council, and perhaps the Fletchers’, had ideas that industries other than the coal mines would transfer into this small village. The village was named after Isaac and William Fletcher two ex-Cockermouth MPs and Mine owners who built the first houses. Their family home was in nearby Brigham.
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Allhallows: The Story of a Parish:
Written by the children at Fletchertown School in 1953
Taken from a school scrap book that was written and painted in 1953. Because the children would have been aged 14 years and under, I have left most of the spelling and punctuation mishaps in. This was the way they had portrayed their story of the “Parish of Allhallows”. I have only changed a very few things to help clarify what was being said. There are very few names mentioned in the scrap book, so only the children themselves will know who wrote the articles. Although a little of the information is not strictly correct, I feel that it isn't for me to change their work or it would not have been their story. This book gives an idea of how village life was in the 50s in the Fletchertown-Mealsgate area. The children give a lot of information about what shops and life was like then, a real snapshot into the decade through the eyes of the children. This book is a credit to the children and school.
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The Sale of Whitehall Estate and its Contents
In the main, this book has been copied from the original sales Catalogue, produced by Messrs William Hope and Sons of Wigton, for the Sale of the Whitehall Estate and its contents in 1937. Someone had the foresight to write the prices on the side of the items as they were sold. Some of the photographs have been copied from the original catalogue, along with others that I have taken, and some from the Allhallows Centre Archive. I have had to judge in what order the pages came, so some might not be in their original places, however, the items for sale are the main reason for printing the book. I have also included the newspaper report on the sale of Whitehall, and the Obituary on the death of Mr William Parkin-Moore in 1937.
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Whitehall in Cumberland
This house was builded in the fourth year of the reign"
"of His (Majestie) King Edward the fourth, of pious memorie
So wrote Agnes, the second wife of George Moore, of their home, Whitehall in Cumberland: Despite a lavish mansion in Kensington Palace Gardens in London, Whitehall was by far their favourite residence. An accomplished painter, this book includes a few of Agnes's paintings of Whitehall.
In this book I have also included several photographs taken of the Mealsgate area which George and Agnes would remember from when they were alive. They are still greatly respected in the 21st century for all that they did for their fellow man back in the 1800s.