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Friends Talk: German Miners in Keswick in the 16th century

Thursday 14 January at 7:30pm.

Their Lives, Works and Legacy

In the 1560s around 100 German-speaking men, women and children arrived from 1,000 miles away and set up a colony in Keswick.  Within months they were marrying local women, there was a ‘baby boom’ (and not all to married couples) and work started to build the most sophisticated mining enterprise, industrial complex and commercial operation that had ever been seen in England.  There was a lot of resentment on the part of the local male population, and the Landowners – leading to mob violence and murder.  The venture failed to make money, but did it leave a lasting Social and Industrial legacy?

Speaker: Mark Hatton

Mark has spent several years exploring and researching the mining history of the Lake District and beyond, after a lifetime of walking and climbing on the fells.

 

If you are not a member of The Friends of Keswick museum and would like the Zoom link please email Patricia Howell on keswpah@gmail.com.

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