History, Lore and Legends of Greystoke

Village History

We are starting to collect memories, and stories from the past. Our great Facebook community is one place where a lot of those discussions happen, with people contributing memories on a huge variety of topics from sledging through hedges, exploring lost tunnels, and, of course, ghosts and ghouls. We hope you enjoy reading about some of these topics below. Over time we will add more stories, recollections, photographs and maps.

Please browse through the history posts below, or search on various tags

Bridges. What’s in a name?

Bridges. What’s in a name?

Allan recounts the history of the various bridges around the village, along with some old names for them. When I was lad we called the bridge along the Penrith road the 'Bowlo' bridge because it was next to the old bowling green. The bridge along the road heading to...

The Pubs of Greystoke

The Pubs of Greystoke

Greystoke used to sport a total of 4 pubs, including 1 Inn – the Boot and Shoe, of course. But as our local history expert Allan Marshall explains, there was a crucial difference between a pub and an inn: The Boot and Shoe Inn is the only pub shown on old ordinance...

The Bowlo

The Bowlo

Greystoke used to have a bowling green. It used to be on what is now the playing field, in the corner nearest the Penrith road bridge. It was still there in the late fifties / early sixties but had fallen into disuse. Instead, football and cricket end up being played...

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