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For a period of years in the middle of the 19th century Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling captured the imagination of the London public and press.  Crowds of ten thousand gathered on Kennington Common to watch legends of the sport such as William Jameson as they came on tour to the capital.  Said to be 'more like a polar bear on its hind legs in a grey flannel shirt than a human being', when back home in Penrith Jameson was a respected publican.

William Jameson shows off his wrestling strip in the Beneath the Beacon exhibition.