Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling


'Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling' by Roger Robson

A Documentary History ( published in 1999 )

Available from
Bookends, The Carlisle Bookshop,.......Tel: 01228 529067
Bookends of Keswick ...................Tel: 017687 75277


For centuries, backhold wrestling has gripped the hearts of wrestlers and spectators alike. The fascination of man-against-man combat with its simple rules and subtle mix of speed, strength, agility, skill and determination is there to see in the grass rings at sports meetings and agricultural shows throughout the Northern Counties of England and the Borders of Scotland

Against all odds, Cumberland and Westmorland Style wrestling survives as a skill and vigourous sport, and for more than two centuries has been well documented by newspapers and specialised books.

Wrestling itself scarcely changes. If a wrestler from today's rings could travel back in time for two hundred years, he would be perfectly at home in a wrestling ring, for the same 'chips' are used; many of the technical terms (buttocks, hipes and dog falls) are the same, and the judges have the same problems too, such as ensuring that the wrestlers begin with an equal hold.

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