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Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Treasures at Penrith and Eden Museum

Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Treasures at Penrith and Eden Museum

Several items of Treasure have just gone on show at Penrith and Eden Museum following their recent acquisition through the Portable Antiquities Scheme. All were found by metal detectorists. They were valued by the Treasure Valuation Court at the British Museum with the reward shared between the finders and landowners.

One is a medieval silver finger ring from Kirkby Thore dating from around AD1150-1250. Its shoulders are formed as two beasts’ heads with protruding eyes and has an incised cross design within rectangles. It was bought for £200.

There is also a medieval gold stirrup-shaped finger ring dating from around the 13th century AD which was found at Waitby near Kirkby Stephen. It has a small green gem set in its triangular shaped top and is of a type of popular for three centuries, from AD 1150. The Friends of Penrith and Eden acquired this for the museum for £600.

A third example of jewellery, again from Waitby  is a medieval  silver ‘teardrop’ brooch made between AD 1200 and 1400 which has a pair of cylinder settings originally holding gems. This was purchased for the valuation price of £100.  A hoard of 37  Northumbrian Anglo-Saxon coins from Wharton near Kirkby Stephen has also been put on display. They are known as ‘stycas’ and were minted during the reigns of four kings of pre-Viking Northumbria - Eanred who reigned  c.810-840, Æthelred the Second who reigned between c.840-c.848 - except for the year c.844 when Redwulf was king - and  Osberht who reigned from c.848-867. Osberht was killed during attempts to recapture York from a Viking army and the presence of a coin of this king means the hoard was deposited after c.848. Valued at £1,200 the Friends of the museum contributed £600 towards its purchase.   

As a nationally Accredited museum the Portable Antiquities Scheme allows the museum at Penrith to have first option to acquire material from the district which is declared Treasure by the Coroner. Curators Dr. Sydney Chapman and Rebecca Short said that they were delighted to have these intriguing discoveries on show and joining an array of other such finds representing the rich and diverse historical culture of Penrith and the Eden Valley which the Museum and its Friends were dedicated to preserving.

Penrith and Eden Museum awarded Heritage Lottery Funding for their Remembering Eden Project

Penrith and Eden Museum awarded Heritage Lottery Funding for their Remembering Eden Project

It is with delight that we announce Penrith and Eden Museum has been awarded £4,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for their project, Remembering Eden.

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Fellfoot Forward Scheme receives National Lottery Heritage Funding

Fellfoot Forward Scheme receives National Lottery Heritage Funding

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership has been awarded over £2million of National Lottery Heritage funding to support the £3.4million Fellfoot Forward Landscape Partnership Scheme, a major project that will conserve, enhance and celebrate natural and cultural heritage.

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The first section of the new Pooley Bridge has now been delivered on site!

The first section of the new Pooley Bridge has now been delivered on site!

The first section of the new Pooley Bridge has now been delivered on site!  The new structure will be the first stainless steel road bridge of its kind in the country.

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Eden Valley to see re-introduction of Beavers

Eden Valley to see re-introduction of Beavers

Efforts to return the species to other parts of the UK, including Yorkshire and Somerset, are also under way.  The government-approved trial will look at how beavers restore small farmland streams and can aid flood prevention.

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The 2020 Eden visitor guide is now available!

The 2020 Eden visitor guide is now available!

The brand new 2020 Eden visitor guide we produced in partnership with Bucket and Spade is now available - perfect for planning your trip to Eden!

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Langwathby Information Kiosk

Langwathby Information Kiosk

The once drab and neglected, Langwathby Phone Box has received a new lease of life as a Village Information Kiosk.

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Penrith and Eden Museum has added a picture to its art collection

Penrith and Eden Museum has added a picture to its art collection

Penrith and Eden Museum has added a picture to its art collection. Titled ‘A Corner of Old Time Penrith’ it was painted by William Jackson, and was left to the Museum in the will of Mary Laycock Newman of Christchurch. Painted in oils on canvas the subject is dated 1909 and shows shops at the corner of King Street and Market Square, Penrith, including  a butcher’s, a fishmonger’s and the premises of John Turner, watchmaker who also traded as a jeweller and gunsmith.

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Free Christmas parking in Eden

Free Christmas parking in Eden

Free parking on Saturdays in the run up to Christmas starts this week in Penrith and Appleby.

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New Ale commemorates new Pooley Bridge

New Ale commemorates new Pooley Bridge

A new pale ale is being brewed to commemorate the new bridge in the village of Pooley Bridge, Cumbria, and it’s going down a storm.

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Lonely Planet Ambassador praises Cumbria’s car-free transport offering

Lonely Planet Ambassador praises  Cumbria’s car-free transport offering

You can see Chloe’s video on her Facebook page and find all of Chloe’s social media links via her blog.

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