A Family Pea
By Tim Rumney, 11 October 2010 –
We are used to interesting characters visiting Castle Green but we had a first recently when tales of past nobility and a love of mushy peas came together…
Catherine Westmorland and Wilma Scott (nee Westmorland), mother and daughter, were staying at The Castle Green for two weeks whilst over from Canada as they researched their family tree.
It turns out that the family originated from the Nevill’s who were Lords and Masters of Raby Castle in Northumberland up until the uprising against Queen Elizabeth in 1569 when they were defeated and stripped of their title. They fled to Appleby in Westmorland (and took the name), eventually emigrating to the Americas, and can now trace back seven generations of Westmorland’s.
This story was relayed to Les (our Pub landlord, origin unknown) when they went to Alexanders the Pub for dinner. The ladies also confessed to a love for that Elizabethan delicacy Mushy Peas, which fortunately we could provide them with as it comes with our famous Fish and Chips (the best in the district).
Les being a sensitive soul arranged for his missus Christine (our Banqueting Manager) to purchase several tins of the green stuff and some dry peas for the DIY version so that they would not get withdrawal symptoms when they got home…apparently you cannot get MP in Canada!
Fancy losing their title and access to mushy peas…what a tragedy.
Les has a souvenir photo with the famous couple and has since received a thank you postcard, which are both proudly displayed behind the bar.
I hope they got their gift back into the country okay.