Legends and Historical Notes on Places of North Westmoreland

Paperback | January 15, 2012

byThomas Gibson

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1887. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... chapter X. The dales of Westmoreland have been proverbial for the longevity of their inhabitants; but whether this is to be accounted for by the healthiness of the climate is doubtful. Westmoreland being very mountainous, and on a limestone foundation, with, in many places, contracted dales, where the sun, on account of the height of the hills, scarcely ever shines in the valleys for several months; in some situations--as in Mallerstang and Bretherdale--giving rise to goitre; in some instances from the hardness of the water, but in other instances this is balanced by the softness of the water which flows from the morasses, which, like large sponges, absorb the rainfall, which the altitude of the hills draws down as the moisture flows over the top, giving rise to heavy rainfalls, and in some instances to water-spouts, which scoop out of the hills large masses of earth, flowing down in the valleys, as in the neighbourhood of Tebay and other places, and covering a large portion of the meadow and pasture land as it falls. The solidness of such avalanches of earth renders it a costly operation to remove, and of course irreparable damage is done to many a mountain-farm that lies under the influence of such phenomena. But a great deal may depend upon the habits of a people living, as former generations did, in a simple and unexcitable manner, their diet consisting chiefly of milk, oatmeal, home-brewed ale, bacon, potatoes, and sometimes--not more than two or three times a week--mutton or beef; at least this was the frugal mode of living of the yeomen and farmers till lately. With the rise of provisions, the expense and flimsiness of dress--different to the homespun of former times--and the extra exertion of the faculties of the mind to gain a living in these more expen...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1887. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... chapter X. The dales of Westmoreland have been proverbial for the longevity of their inhabitants; but whether this is to be accounted...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:60 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217501966

ISBN - 13:9780217501965

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