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placename:- Stone Carr
parish Hutton parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
locality
coordinates:- NY41982826
10Km square:- NY42

1Km square NY4128

old text:- Clarke 1787

Guide book, A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, by James Clarke, Penrith, Cumberland, and in London etc, 1787 and 1789; and Plans of the Lakes ... 1793.
Page 51:-
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Upon Stone Carr there have been held, time out of mind, races and other sports; such as wrestling, leaping, tracing with dogs, &c.; these were entirely adapted to the neighbouring villagers, and the prizes were as follows:
There were several other similar prizes, and small as they were, they produced an incredible emulation among the villagers; for as corporal strength and activity were ever looked upon with the highest respect, the fortunate gainer of the belt was regarded with the highest honours: he wore it that evening, took the greatest care of it till next Sunday, when he went to his own church begirt with it; the Sunday following he went to some other adjacent church in the same manner, and claimed a precedence among his companions, which was always granted. Nor was this rougher compliment his only gratification; the passion of love has as great a claim to the rustic as to the courtier, and it has not unfrequently happened that he has by this means obtained a mistress on whom his former pleadings had been lavished in vain. Our Cumberland bard Mr Relph expresses it elegantly enough in the language of his own country:
As Mr Relph is almost the only author who has made our provincial dialect agreeable, and has taken particular notice of the behaviours of the fair ones upon this occasion, I shall here insert a whole poem of his; it may, for simplicity of sentiment, be

placename:- Stone Carr
person:- poet : Relph, Mr
person:- : Huddlestone, Andrew
person:- : Harrison, Thomas
person:- : Harrison, Lancelot
date:- 1787
period:- 18th century, late; 1780s

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