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Gentleman's Magazine 1761 p.501
worthy of notice, such as Eleborough, near Maryport, where may be seen several pieces of Roman antiquities: And Wigton, near which place appear the Vestigia of that famous Roman station, which has for many years gone by the name of Old Carlisle, where have been found a great number of very valuable antiquities, as votive altars, inscriptions, &c.
When our traveller has visited Carlisle, no doubt but he will have a desire to see what remains of the Picts wall, in this county. Many pieces of antiquity are to be seen at Netherby, Scaleby Castle, Brampton, Lanercost, and Irthington.
Corby is remarkable for the pleasantness of its situation; and, opposite to it, on the other side of the Eden, Wetherall, where are some rooms dug out of the solid rock, in a place very difficult of ascent, supposed to have been the habitation of some hermit; or, perhaps, places of security for the Monks † to retire to in time of danger. Near Penrith, a little below the confluence of Eimot and Eden, is also a large grotto dug out of the rock, said to have been once a place of some strength, known by the name of Isis Parlish. And at Little Salkeld, not very far from thence, may be seen that great curiosity called Long Meg and her Daughters *, not perhaps well accounted for by any of our antiquarians.
When speaking of prospects, I ought to have mentioned that vastly extensive and much admired one from Warnal, which takes in all the low country, and bounded on the north by Solway Frith, and a fine chain of Scottish mountains. Not far from hence, near --- Denton's, Esquire, is a petrifying spring. There is also another in the estate of Sir Wm Dalston, at Uldale, out of which have been taken several large and extremely curious petrifactions of moss, leaves, roots, &c. but it does appear that this mutation would be produced in any substance put therein, but in a rotation of a prodigious number of years. In some parts of the county are some mineral waters, much resorted to at the season, and several rich mines of lead, some copper, &c.
Though I have been a little more particular than your correspondent, yet a traveller, who makes it his business to enquire, will find many more things well worth his observation. However, from what I have said, it may appear that Cumberland is as well worth visiting, on several accounts, as most other counties in England.
Yours, &c.
† From the neighbouring monastery.
* See a representation and description of them in July 1752, p.310-11.
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