Highlights Performances at Shap Memorial Hall
Sunday 17th February 7.30pm
Multi-instrumentalist Fiona Lander (vocals, piano, whistles, clarinet, recorder, saxophones and occasional percussion) and Paul Mason (guitars, ukulele and vocals) present a fabulous and varied show which combines both traditional and contemporary folk with jazz, blues, classical and other styles. Their own self-penned material is interspersed with lively jigs and striking arrangements of traditional classics. Enjoy music from their latest album ‘Stand Together’ and prepare to be energised, uplifted, soothed and entertained!
Tickets: Adults £10 Conc. £9 Child £5 Family £23 (2 adults plus 2 children, 1 adult plus 3 children)
Events at The Old Courthouse
Friday 1st March 7pm – ‘Under Milk Wood’ visual recording, music and poetry for St David’s Day. The recording (2014) includes famous voices and faces intercut with evocative imagery presented in collaboration with National Theatre Wales. . Live harp music while gathering and bring a poem to read if you would like to. Welsh cakes for refreshment! Donations for The Old Courthouse.
The Old Courthouse, Shap‘
Friday 15th March 7.30pm
an evening of music and poetry with
The Beyond the Beacon Band
(featuring some local rogues and characters)
Tickets: £5 Tel 01931 717539
Exhibition open from 7.00pm
1st – 31st March ‘Changes’ artwork and display relating to the history of the
12th April – 5th May ‘Material Worlds’ Four professional artists whose practices
include leaf work, ceramics, textiles, collage and painting using traditional techniques and slow processes to conjure art.
10th May – 2nd June ‘100 things of Shap’ – we hope you’ll be involved!
Please visit our website for more details www.theoldcourthouse.org
St Michael’s Church
Shrove Tuesday Quiz Night
Tuesday 5th March 6.30pm
in Shap Memorial Hall
Adult: £2 Child: £1 (up to 6 per table)
Admission includes pancake refreshment
Tel 01931 716273 for details
St Michael’s Church, Shap
Sunday 24th March 3.00pm
The Herdwyck Consort presents ‘I Sing of a Maiden’
music for the Annunciation from the Middle Ages to the present day,
including works by Duruflé, Grieg, Praetorius and Bruckner.
Tickets: Adult £8, Student(16 and over) £4, Under 16 FREE
includes light refreshments
Tel. 01931 716273
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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