Events at The Old Courthouse, Shap Feb/ March 2020
Monthly Writing workshops at The Old Courthouse, Shap with Wordsworth Trust
All are welcome to attend our monthly Saturday morning workshops facilitated by the Wordsworth Trust.
Saturday 29th February 10am – 12.30pm with Blaise Catley
Saturday 14th March 10am – 12.30pm with Susan Allen
Ladies that Bus – writing workshop with Joyce Branagh
Saturday 7th March 11am to 12noon at The Old Courthouse, Shap
This FREE 60 minute workshop will be led by playwright Joyce Branagh who will share the process of research and writing behind Ladies That Bus. It will be an interactive session, where participants will be encouraged to write a short piece of dramatic writing during the session.
Places are limited. Please contact Janet tel. 01931 716273 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
Ladies that Bus is a new comedy drama which will be performed at Orton Market Hall on Saturday 7th March 7.30pm tel. 015396 24732 to book ticket or www.highlightsnorth.co.uk
FREE Complimentary transport from Shap to Orton and return with Cumbria Class Coaches. Departs from The Old Courthouse, Shap at 6.45pm tel 01931 716273 to reserve a place.
Wordsworth Trust Rucksack of Rhymes – ‘Spring’ Wednesday 11th March
1000 -1100 at The Old Courthouse, Shap during Playgroup session
1315 – 1415 at Shap C of E Primary School nursery/reception also open to pre-school children and parents (use main school entrance)
Creative, fun sessions – a combination of songs, stories, play time and craft activities.
suitable for accompanied children 0-5 years
Friday Music Nights at The Old Courthouse Shap
Eden Valley Artistic Network in association with Eden District Council presents
20th March The Misdemeanours
Four-piece acoustic band offering a modern take on a lively, traditional, musical heritage – playing Americana, blues, swing and jazz with a bit of Jug band music thrown in.
Doors open from 7pm Music from 7.30pm Admission £5 BYOB
Book via our website www.theoldcourthouse.org or tickets can be purchased in advance at The Old Courthouse (see website for opening times)
Art Exhibition – Tirril Art Group 7th -29th March visit www.theoldcourthouse.org for opening times and information
Sat 28th March 9.30am – 12.30pm FREEGLE at Shap Memorial Hall
Shap is a very ancient place, the oldest proof of people living there are the stone circles and avenues that once formed Shap Stones. These were quite as important as places like Avebury and Stonehenge. There is not much left from the circles and avenue today except a few boulders next to the railway embankment east of the A6 beyond Fell Garage – this is what is left of one circle. There are some big stones in the fields between Shap and Keld, and some of them have special names.
Shap has not always been called that name, the first written records call it Heppe, and this is believed to come from the word ‘heap’ referring to a pile of stones and quite likely to the Shap Stones.
Shap Abbey was begun in 1199, and was very important; it closed in 1540 when all the monasteries and abbeys were closed.
In 1984 when they were laying the gas pipeline near the Shap Granite Pink Quarry they found a 13th century canoe preserved in the peaty ground.
There were two parts to the place, Shap or Heppe round the church and market place, and another little village near the Greyhound Hotel called Brackenber.
The village grew up because of the road that ran through it, this would first have been a track, and people would have walked or ridden horses, then later they would have used wagons then the stagecoaches that took quite a lot of people at the same time, about six or eight people inside in the more expensive seats and people who could not afford that would have had to sit up on the top in all the wind rain and snow. Some of the big hotels like the Greyhound and Kings Arms kept horses so that the stagecoaches could change their tired horses for different ones – a bit like filling your car with fuel at a garage.
In 1844 the railway was begun and opened in 1846; Shap had a station near the Greyhound.
In 1865 Shap Granite Works opened, it had two quarries and a concrete works and was the main place that Shap people worked; the company built a lot of new houses for their workers and filled the gaps between Shap and Brackenber to make one big village. The limestone quarry at Shap Beck opening in the 1930s and Hardendale quarry in 1963.
A workhouse for poor people who had nowhere to live was built in 1877, it then became a children’s home for children with no families, and now it is houses called Brackenber Lodge.
The road was always very busy because it was the main road from England into Scotland and all the traffic came through the village. Because it was a busy place there were quite a lot of shops.
There were two schools one for boys and one for girls, these were made into one school in 1955 using the boys school building, and the girls school became a secondary school then magistrates court, youth centre and is now the library.
Some new council houses (Croft Avenue and Gayle Avenue) were built in 1951 and 1953 and more (West Lane) in 1963. Parkers Croft, Lynchetts and Peggy Nut were built in the 1990s, so Shap is now about four times the size it was in 1950.
The Wet Sleddale dam was built in the 1960s and the M6 Motorway opened in 1970, so Shap became a lot quieter with much less traffic.
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