Penrith: Julie Ball


Part of theĀ Art of Remembering exhibition held at the Rheged Centre included work by the visual artist Julie Ball. Part of the Dejavu series, the work captures the fragility of a moment in time. Combining paper thin porcelain with photographic imagery, the collaged images show people living in Penrith and the surrounding areas at the time of the Great War.


Kirkby Stephen: Church of St Stephen


Located on the north side of Market Square in Kirkby Stephen is the parish church of St Stephen. Rebuilt in the early 13th century, the church is constructed of coursed squared rubble and ashlar. The 16th century west tower is of three stages and features an embattled parapet with pinnacles.


The church features a clerestory detailing double and triple mullioned windows which date to the 19th century.


The church features a seven bay nave with much of the interior stonework replaced or reworked during the 19th century.


The aisles have 15th century windows with tracery which dates to the 19th century.


The ornately decorated pulpit is constructed of various coloured marble and dates to c1871. The Church of St Stephen is Grade II* Listed.

Brougham: Stratonician Altar


On display in the visitor centre at Brougham Castle is the above altar which dates to the 3rd century AD. Constructed of white sandstone, the altar features a carved patera (a small frying pan) on the left hand side and a jug. On the right hand side there is a carved axe and a knife. The inscription reads “To the God Mars…Januarius…of the unit of Stratonician cavalry deservedly fulfilled his vow for himself and his family.” Stratonicaea was a town in Asia Minor and the Stratonician cavalry originated from this part of modern day Turkey. The altar dates to the time of the Roman fort and settlement Brocavum which was based at Brougham from circa 80AD until the 5th century AD. The presence of the altar indicates that the cavalry unit was stationed at the fort during the 3rd century.

Brougham: Tombstone


On display in the visitor centre at Brougham Castle is a tombstone which was found in 1827 approximately 500 metres south of the castle. The sculpture depicts a boy in a cloak with only a small part of the inscription surviving and reads “Annamoris, his father, and Ressona, his mother, had this put up.” The date of the tombstone is not known.

Penrith: Al Johnson


The above sculpture is part of the Art of Remembering exhibition held at the Rheged Centre and is the work of the sculptor and printmaker Al Johnson. With an Interest in contemporary history, Johnson’s dramatic sculpture entitled Downed is covered in soft textiles with a symbolism of the aircraft – a bird of freedom being recreated as a machine of war.


The construction of the sculpture is based on original designs for the Sopwith Pup aircraft which was a British biplane in service with The Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service from 1916.


Penrith: Dawn Cole


Part of the Art of Remembering exhibition held at the Rheged Centre is the above work by the artist and printmaker Dawn Cole. Created in 2012, the work is entitled Tails, You Lose and consists of individually printed shillings made from heat transfer foil and paper. The work is symbolic of the floral wreath commonly laid at remembrance ceremonies and makes reference to the phrase ‘Take the King’s Shilling.’ This well documented phrase refers to enlistment to the armed forces which dates back to the end of the English Civil War.