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Distington the Friendly Parish

Distington Book Cover Author Jeff Wilson describes himself as a former soldier, engineer, and college lecturer. He lives at Distington, Cumbria in a 19th century sea captain's house overlooking the Solway Firth.

Here are some of the stories in his book. Your editor has not read it.

The story of Distington Parish in West Cumbria has many facets. The book includes information on the early coal fields and limestone quarries and kilns. Among the stories are those of wealthy families and a young sea captain who fought at Trafalgar with Nelson.

Sporting exploits of the parishioners who indulge in boxing, hunting and rugby are part of the book. Read about the Lillyhall Wanderers (1888) who played soccer in the first half and rugby in the second half.

An old ironworks was turned into a top secret WWII aero-engine factory ringed by anti-aircraft guns

Distington the Friendly Parish
Author: Jeff Wilson
Publisher: Bellevue Studios
Commonside, Distington
Workington. Cumbria. CA14 4PU.
ISBN: 0 9534645 1 2
97 pages/195 photos

For sale in Derwent Book Shop at Finkle St Workington,
The New Bookshop, Main St Cockermouth, and WH Smith's, King St Whitehaven

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