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Cumbria: A Book of Days

Dawn Robertson


This book is the product of a lifetime’s work, listening, learning, reading and researching from the founder and owner of Hayloft Publishing, Dawn Robertson. It is an almanac; a jigsaw of fragments of Cumbria’s extremely rich history from earliest times to the present, illustrated with more than 300 drawings, maps and photographs.

The vast territory of Cumbria is a borderland; an area shared historically by Scotland and England, with close connections to Ireland and further to the Nordic countries. Bordered by sea to the west and the Pennines to the east, access was never easy, especially in the Lake District’s rocky kernel, with high mountains, deep lakes and often treacherous terrain.

Cumbria’s prehistoric monuments span almost 4,000 years – scattered across the county are mysterious sites from isolated standing stones to stone circles and hillforts. The county was on the edge of the Roman Empire, gaining from European connections to the south and bordered by Hadrian’s Wall to the north. Later the area became a patchwork of kingdoms and small wars, especially against the newly arrived Saxons from the east and the Scots to the north.

With its varied geology, Cumbria is naturally rich in minerals providing the raw materials for items from Stone Age axes to ocean liners. Later centuries saw an explosion of industrial development, especially along the coast where transport was easiest.

The county saw the birth of Christianity with close links to the earliest pilgrim saints, ancient religious houses and monasteries. It was a feudal land dominated by the castles of powerful lords. The peasant farming community continued adapting, learning and helping provide the agricultural wealth of the county as they continue to do to this day.





Publication Date:

2021 July 31


Paperback; 250 X 190mm




300 drawings, maps and photographs

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