lies in a loop of the river Eden
and is overlooked by the Pennine range with the Lake District Fells
showing on the western horizon, just a few miles away. Best accessed by
rail on the Settle to Carlisle line, the walk down the steep hill from
Appleby station gives a taste of the delightful town in the valley
From Sation Road into Battlebarrow and at No. 1 we find, running over
the edge of the porch:
'HORN & SON CORSET ...
BUILT CIRCA. 1800'
The letters of the
company name were problematic, until John got in touch...
[UPDATE 23.11.12: "1
battlebarrow appleb; above front door should read horn and son,
not dorn. thankyou. -John"]
Crossing the first leg of the River Eden by- logically
Bridge Street, to the left of the bridge is the faint lettering behind
the The Bay Tree:
A few doors
down is a restaurant wine bar with
vernacular lettering painted on the stone recess to the front door:
The road leads in to Boroughgate, the main thoroughfare
place (with Tourist Information Office, shops and the church) which
leads uphill to the privately owned Appleby Castle. The buildings in
the vicinity run from medieval to Victorian to present day in a mixed
street of delightful business and homes, many in the warm local stone.
High up above the point of a bay window is the curly date monogram:
'1813' in a decorative panel.
Here too is
'CONSERVATIVE CLUB' in
a recessed plaque and next door
'ERECTED A.D. 1912' where
the roof curves over the stone plaque. These last
three examples are all cameo lettering (raised from the surrounding
down a passageway at 32 Boroughgate, the
Courtyard Gallery is housed upstairs in a 17th Century stone granary.
Ascending the outside staircase to the cafe and gallery from the
courtyard within, one espies the dated tablet on the rear wall of the
building: 'N.I.D, 1677'. The building once
served as a school. At present, we haven't been able to find what
'N.I.D.' stands for.
Strolling back down the hill one finds: 'Dealer
in Coffee &
painted on the lintel of a handsome front door. See a
similar sign over a door in Settle, Yorks.
squared off lettering and arrow at the junction of
High Wiend and Boroughgate has the look of a wartime sign. Emergency
Water Supply? - the town centre is enclosed by a U-bend in the river
Eden - but it's not 240 yards (or metres) away, as we were informed by
a local! However, there is a fire station down there in Holme Street,
but has it been there for a long time? Another option might be
Electricity ... Station? [UPDATE
July 2015: There is a similar, less clear, sign in Lower Orwell Street, Ipswich. 'Emergency
Water Supply' signs can still be spotted around Britain. Given the
vital importance of water as a defence against incendiary devices and
other fires during wartime, spaces were identified by the authorities
where thousands of gallons of water could be stored: often basements
and cellars beneath buildings from whence the water could be pumped by
the fire service. "The white EWS at Appleby-in-Westmorland was
originally yellow, according to a resident who remembered it, and it
referred to a point on the River Eden." Quotation from th web.]
On the wall
of the restaurant Desi Spice in High Wiend,
one can find the preserved date
the original stone facing which has been preserved in a little frame in
the stucco surrounding it. The date is raised (probably carved rather
than appled to the stone) and painted black. Incidentally, don't miss
the road called Doomgate a little further down High Wiend on the left.
back in Boroughgate we espied the weathered
lettering: 'GARAGE', one character standing in
barely visible relief on each block of stone on the curving archway to
a rear yard.