I originally created this blog to document my work on the family history of my grandmother, Maggie Goodfellow Story, later known as Madge Rogers. She was from Bewcastle. After it became evident that other family historians were attracted to the site, I invited them to share their memories and family histories from Bewcastle and the surrounding parishes. And so, it is evolving into a useful research tool for genealogists. Please note, if you want to read my original work, you will need to scroll down to the beginning of the blog and continue reading up.

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Rosemary Dale

Sunday, 3 October 2010


Am trying to locate a book of essays of which the first essay describes the countryside around Bewcastle in a lyrical as opposed to a "travelogue" style. Locations mentioned include Sighty Crag, Birdoswald and Kirkoswald. I think the essay was titled "Measuring Rod" and as the book was a miscellany my recollectiopn had been that this title was also used as the book title but exhaustive searches under "Measuring Rod" have proved fruitless.
Was given the book "new" in 1961 but in addition to title, do not recall author or publisher except all the essays were by the same author and book was published in U.K. and contained no illustrations. There were about ten short essays and the only other one I remember dealt with "the greenwood" or "the forest" again in a lyrical or philosophical way.

Any suggestions would be most welcome.

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