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Bill’s teaching was inclusive and stimulating. This was the magic of Bill. He was a sounding board for me, the kind of guy, like an uncle with whom you were able to talk freely without prejudice….” William Gibbon, author of Change of Scene,” writing in “Cumbrian Miscellany”, 2001.

Whenever you heard Bill speak, you knew that he was someone who had a genuine feel for Cumbrian history and to whom the landscape, records, and history were but stepping-stones to understanding how real people lived. He made an enormous contribution to our knowledge of this area, and his published work will undoubtedly continue to enlighten many future generations about what has fashioned the Cumbria we know today. But Bill as a person will be sadly missed. His humour, his unending search for evidence, and his encouragement to even the most limited of Cumbrian students cannot be replaced. We owe him a great deal”.

- David Cross, author of “A Striking Likeness,” a biography of George Romney.