Following our hike to the sources of the rivers Wye and Severn on Plynlimon last September, we decided to indulge Jeff's passion for Ormandy family history and drinking, and Tony's passion for hiking and drinking, by visiting Ulverston, and walking in the parishes of Osmotherly and Mansriggs, in the Furness peninsula (now in Cumbria but previously part of Lancashire). Having spent a couple of hours in a traffic jam on the M5 on Friday 13th (we should have known!) September 2002, we made it to Ulverston after a 7 hour journey from Herefordshire. Staying at the Virginia House Hotel  we discovered that Ulverston has 36 pubs - 22 in the town centre. Too many to try, even in the 2 nights we stayed, although we did visit a few!

Our Saturday hike started at Old Hall Farm, just outside Ulverston. We followed the Cumbria Way through Newbiggin (passing by Windy Ash) and Hollowmire to Broughton Beck, stopping off at St John' Church, Osmotherly to eat our sandwiches (and for Jeff to search the churchyard for Ormandy headstones). Here we met a great grandson of Mary Ann Ormandy, late of the King's Arms in Ulverston (visited that night), who is buried at Osmotherly, and learned something about the complexities of the transfer of ownership of farms, specifically one at Hollowmire. At Broughton Beck we left the Cumbria Way to make its own way to Carlisle and made for Mansriggs Hall followed by Mansriggs (lots of Ormandys have lived here). Just after we left Mansriggs we treated ourselves to a rest and some Herefordshire cheese and cider brandy, consumed in a  field in full view of The Alps.  Then via Beck Side back to the car. After a  spot of liquid refreshment in Ulverston, we went to  the church of St. Mary's with Holy Trinity. Here Tony found the grave of a John Ormandy, who died on Ulverston Sands, aged 20 and his parents.

Having prised Jeff away from the graveyard, Tony led the way to the King's Arms for a pre-curry drink which was followed by a visit to the local Indian restaurant. One more pub then back to the hotel for a night cap and a well deserved kip.

- For photos of the boys click here. And our next venture - maybe a night out in Liverpool? Watch this space .......
Osmotherly and Mansriggs
Tony Scott & Jeff Jones visit the source of the Ormandys?
Ormandy: from Osmotherly in Ulverston (Lancashire). Osmotherly: ‘Osmund’s mound/clearing’ Old Norse + Old English

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