b'The Last One!T his last edition of the Local History Bulletin (in itsWiltons story has been told in full. There is ample current form, that is), relies heavily on the archives.room for new research, for already visited themes to Acquisition of new material is slowing down due tobe revisited or even for what has been produced to be the loss of sources and the absence of any originalassembled as a publishable book.research. All of which does not mean that BishopIt is time for a new start Mrs Fryers Rolling RulerMike PrattW e have an automatic search set up on eBay forEvidently Mauchline Ware originated from a any items relating to Bishop Wilton.One day we were advised by email that there was a rolling pinScottish village called Mauchline in the 1820s. on offer that had an inscription on it that tied it to theThe term covers decorated wooden souvenirs village. Looking at the details we saw that this rollingthat were popular in the Victorian period. pin was described as Mauchline Ware. SeekingAlthough wooden and a souvenir our rolling advice from a (now former) resident, Mike Tanner, weruler with only an inscription on it (and not from were told that the latter claim wasquestionable, andScotland) does not really qualify.someone left a query against the item on eBay to say that it didnt seem to be a rolling pin! Nevertheless it undoubtedly had a connection with the village as theIf it was neither a rolling pin nor Mauchline Ware inscription on it was given as S. Fryer, Rose Villa,what was it and where did it come from?Bishop Wilton. It was definitely worth bidding for.The pencil provides the answer. In gold lettering it With excitement we placed an early bid and waited. carries this identification:We eventually won the item and when it arrived weHogarth & Hawes were in for a surprise. It did not look like a rolling pin inSuccessors to A. Wren anything but shape. It was too thin. KeswickSeeing that the two ends were detachable itA search on the internet provides this potted was easy to remove one and see that it held ahistory:rubber but the other one came out with nothingIt was in 1832 that the first local attached although it appeared to originally haveCumberland Pencil factory was started, held something. Looking at the hole it was removedprogressing from the cottage industry from in the wooden roller it was clear that there wasthat evolved following the discovery of something stuck in there. Something that the eBayBorrowdale Graphite. Originally owned seller had not noticed. With some tweezers it wasby A. Wren, it was taken over by Hogarth possible to dislodged the blockage and out dropped& Hayes in 1875, and became the an unsharpened pencil that was meant to fit into theCumberland Pencil Company in 1916.removable end just like the rubber fitted into the other It is not clear whether the product was originallyend (see the accompanying photographs). purchased and engraved in Keswick or acquiredA rubber and a pencil?! It wasnt a rolling pin atlocally. As the engraved inscription on the rolling ruler all, it was a rolling ruler! This was a big coincidenceis similar to the details on the pencil it seems likely that because I happen to collect rolling rulers but I had notit was purchased as a gift on a visit to Keswick by the bid on the item with that expectation. Fryers.The rolling ruler is made of wood and varnished. It is 11 inches long and 1 inch in diameter. It has an inscription in gold lettering along its length that is shown below in close-up.398 BULLETIN 20'