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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Reminder of golden era at stately home

THE old mansion at Stone Cross, Ulverston, is a shadow if its former self.

In the days when the Kennedy family made a fortune from iron ore it was the scene of major social and charitable events.

A lavish programme from one of them – a country fair in 1910 – is among items at the next Urswick antiques fair on Sunday November 11.

Also on show is a rare copy of the 1880s book by John Fell, of Flan How, Ulverston, called Notes on the Pedigree of Fell of Daltongate.

Another rare book deals with the household accounts of Sarah Fell, of Swarthmoor Hall.

There is a pair of Great Western Railway carriage lamps in brass.

They have internal springs to keep pushing up a candle as it burns down.

And there is a Victorian hydrometer to measure the proof level of alcohol.

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