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Donald Campbell (1921-1967), was the son of Sir Malcolm Campbell. He made several attempts on the world water speed record in Bluebird II, which had a turbo-jet engine generating 4000 horse-power. In just over three years, Mr. Campbell broke the record in his celebrated jetboat Bluebird four times. In July 1955 he reached 202 m.p.h. on Ullswater in Cumbria. In November of the same year he touched 216 m.p.h. In September 1956 he averaged just over 225 m.p.h., and in November 1957 he reached 239.07 m.p.h. His aim was to better 300 miles per hour, which he did on 4th January 1967 on Coniston Water in Cumbria, but the craft, 'Bluebird', shot up into the air and disappeared into the lake. Until early in 2001, his body had never been found. On 8 March 2001, Bluebird was raised from the bed of Coniston Water, and on 28 May the remains of what was later proved to be Campbell's body were brought from the lake. A memorial service was held in Coniston church on 12 September 2001, and his body buried in the churchyard.
Lady Anne Clifford, Countess of Pembroke, was born at Skipton Castle on 30 January 1590, during the reign of Elizabeth I. She is celebrated for her diary and her tireless restoration of her properties in Cumbria and North Yorkshire which were badly damaged in the Civil War. She died at Brougham Castle in Cumbria on 22 March 1676, when she was 86 in the room where her father had been born.
John Dalton, the son of a Quaker weaver, was born 6th September 1766, at Eaglesfield, Cockermouth, Cumbria, and died 27th July 1844, at Manchester. He was a British chemist and physicist who developed the atomic theory of matter and hence is known as one of the fathers of modern physical science.
Josefina de Vasconcellos (1904 - ), the world's oldest living sculptor. Married the artist Delmar Banner in 1930. Has lived in Cumbria much of her working life. Her work includes 'Reconciliation' at Coventry Cathedral and Bradford University, 'Holy Family' at Liverpool Cathedral and Gloucester Cathedral, 'Mary and Child' at St Paul's Cathedral, London, 'Nativity' (at Christmas) at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square, London, and many more.
UK (1851-1920)- founder of The National Trust, writer of sonnets, hymns, friend of Beatrix Potter, honorary canon of Carlisle Cathedral, chaplain to the King, author, biographer, a keen amateur naturalist, an antiquarian, an ardent traveller, and a campaigner against objectionable postcards.
Alfred Wainwright (1907-1991) will always be known for his seven Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells. These handwritten and hand-drawn works of art have given inspiration to all true fellwalkers for the past forty years. In 1972 Wainwright devised the Coast to Coast Walk, which traversed the north of England from St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay.
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