Fresh spring water on draught in Cumbrian hotel bar

The Shap Wells Hotel SUBMITTED staveley-jan-06
The Shap Wells Hotel SUBMITTED staveley-jan-06
3 January 2017 7:26PM

THE history of a Cumbrian hotel and press photography are among the talks organised for next year by the Staveley and District History Society.

The group holds its meetings from 7.30pm at Staveley School, near Windermere.

On Tuesday, January 10, John Trippier will give a presentation called A History of Kentmere Hall.

The hall is in the Kentmere Valley, near Bowness, and was built in the 14th century as a fortified pele tower with walls up to five feet in thickness.

It was extended by the 16th century to become a country residence and later a farmhouse.

The “Apostle of the North” Bernard Gilpin was born at Kentmere Hall in 1517.

He was Archdeacon of Durham and died in 1583.

Paul Branham will be the guest speaker on February 14 with a look at 20th Century Lakeland Press Photography.

On March 14 Stephen Simpson will look at the history of a hotel well known to generations of Cumbrian travellers.

His talk has the intriguing title of Shap Wells Hotel - 350 Million and a Few Odd Years.

Mineral waters were discovered in the 18th century which were rich in calcium, sodium chloride and magnesium sulphate.

The supposed health-giving properties attracted people to take the waters at Shap’s spa wells.

A hotel opened in 1833 and in the 1880s it was said that boxes of fresh fish were delivered by being thrown from trains which passed close to the building.

In 1885 pipes were laid from the spa direct to the hotel bar. This was available to guests until 1963.

The Staveley and District History Society holds its annual meeting on April 19.

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