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BBC Antiques Road Trip grapples with Penrith and Eden Museum’s wrestling memorabilia

BBC Antiques Road Trip grapples with Penrith and Eden Museum’s wrestling memorabilia

The popular BBC TV series Antiques Road Trip, made by STV Productions, visited Penrith and Eden Museum this week, to interview Museum Curator Corinna Leenen about William Jameson (1837-1888), Penrith's famous Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling champion.  

Museum Curator Corinna Leenen, said: "Television production company STV, who make Antiques Road Trip for the BBC, approached us to film items in the Museum's collection relating to Cumberland & Westmorland wresting and we were of course delighted to help.    

We have the largest collection of memorabilia including championship belts and trophies relating to Penrith's legendary wrestler William Jameson, one of the greatest exponents of this traditional local sport. He was described as 'One of the most noted athletes of the North and for many years Champion Wrestler of England'. A native of Penrith, he was a joiner by trade and later proprietor of the Griffin Inn in the town's Cornmarket until his death in 1888.  

"Having a popular TV show such as Antiques Road Trip visit the Museum will hopefully help highlight this traditional sport and this key character from Penrith's past."  

After visiting at Penrith and Eden Museum, the Antiques Road Trip crew will be filming a live Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling match to further publicise this local sport.  

STV Productions series producer, John Redshaw, said: "We really enjoyed visiting Penrith and Eden Museum to learn more about William Jameson, and we met some fantastic people who made filming a real pleasure. As always, the new series of Antiques Road Trip will be full of laughs, friendly rivalries and lots of great characters as our experts are back on the road to search high and low for weird and wonderful antiques, and hear about local history along the way."

Entry to Penrith and Eden Museum is FREE.