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Cumbrian buildings on Historic England's at risk list

Warwick Bridge's Corn Mill Credit: ITV Border

The Corn Mill at Warwick Bridge near Carlisle is one of Cumbria's historical buildings on Historic England's at risk list.

A project to restore it and create an artisan bakery received almost £1.3 million of the £2 million needed earlier this year. A church in the same village has also been added to the at risk register.

WATCH: 'The easiest form of time travel'

A collection of historic films from the Border region can now be viewed by anyone at any time, in what's being affectionately described as 'the easiest form of time travel.'

Everything from newsreels to family videos and public information films is being made available online as part of a major new project from the British Film Institute.

You can search for films from your area here.


Penrith walkers step back in time

orma Benathon of the Richard III Society’s Penrith and North Lakes Group hosts a guided walk around the Duke of Gloucester pub in Penrith which has links to Richard III. Credit: Eden District Council

Walkers followed in the steps of Richard III this morning when they took part in a guided tour around Penrith.

Organised by Richard III Society’s Penrith and North Lakes Group and Eden District Council the walk was held to coincide with two national events taking place this month – the reburial of King Richard III in Leicester Cathedral and English Tourism Week.

Led by Richard III Society Penrith and North Lakes Group members Marjorie Smith and Norma Benathon, it was aimed at giving members of the public an insight into the connections Richard had with Penrith during the late fifteenth century.

Several of the town’s historic landmarks took centre stage on the walk including The Gloucester Arms pub in Great Dockray (formerly Dockray Hall where Richard repeatedly lodged while carrying out alterations to the Castle) and Penrith Castle where he stayed on numerous occasions.

“During English Tourism Week we are delighted to have worked with the town’s Richard III Society to help stage this walk. It is fitting that at the same time as we are being encouraged to celebrate the country’s rich tourism industry we should celebrate the town’s links with this most famous of England’s kings.

"The fact that Richard III is in the international media spotlight at the moment with all the events happening in and around Leicester this month was something too good for Penrith not to link into.”

– Charlie Thornton, Tourism Development Officer, Eden District Council


Cally Temple restored to former glory

Cally Temple has been given a facelift by community volunteers Credit: ITV Border

A community project to turn a dilapidated building into a visitor attraction has reached a milestone.

Cally Temple near Gatehouse of Fleet was first built in 1779, but had been left to go to ruin.

Now thanks to a group of community volunteers it has been restored to its former glory.

The Gatehouse Development Initiative has been working to conserve the building, and now the scaffolding has finally come off.

Hospital machine helps uncover Viking pot secrets

The Viking pot in the scanner. Credit: Borders General Hospital

A hi-tech hospital scanner has been used to unearth the secrets of a ninth century bronze pot, discovered by a metal detectorist in Dumfries and Galloway.

The sealed vessel - part of the largest Viking hoard found in modern times in Scotland - was covered in mud and verdigris earlier this year and considered too delicate to open by hand.

A unique collaboration between Historic Scotland and Borders General Hospital resulted in the £485,000 x-ray machine, which diagnoses patient health problems, being used to scan the contents of the pot.

The monitoring screen revealed the presence of five silver brooches, smaller gold ingots and ivory beads coated with gold, all wrapped in an organic material possibly leather inside the pot which had lain untouched for more than 1,000 years.

Stamp of approval for Penny Black letter at auction

A letter addressed to a solicitor in Carlisle was the star lot at an auction in London today, when it exceeded the estimated sale value by nearly £1,500.

What made it special was the six Penny Black stamps attached to it.

The letter was expected to go for up to £2,000 Credit: ITV Border

The letter was posted in May 1840, just five months after the introduction of Britain's first adhesive stamp.

They may have cost six pennies in 1840, but today those stamps and the envelope and letter they were attached to sold for £3,480.

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