Lakes parish, once in
It is said that: this was the home of a rogue called
Monkswell, who appeared the gentleman and was welcome at
local houses where he learned waht he needed to rob them. He
and his gang returned home one night leaving their muddy
horses in the stable, with a discarded mask. A servant found
horses and mask, but realising their mistake the gang
disappeared next day.
A year later Sir Michael Fleming attended a trial at the Old Bailey, London, where Monkswell was tried and convicted, and sentenced to hang at Tyburn.
|Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2008|