DVLHG was formed in the early 1990s and runs a programme of activities and talks for its members. Our five year long study of the whole valley has restarted extending the survey to cover areas not walked in earlier phases. Our findings led to our current major project with Oxford Archaeology North excavating three medieval longhouse sites near Seathwaite Tarn.
Welcome to the Duddon Valley Local History Group Website
We have finished our three year project and are waiting for final reports.
Follow our continuing survey work in the valley
Find out about the sorts of walks we do.
Find out about the sorts of talks we put on.
Catch up on on our previous exploration and surveying in the valley.
Downloads and Publications
Read the reports of our activities and find out about the books we have published.
The Archives are now the Victory Hall today. If you have contributions or want access, get in touch.
To give you an idea of what we have collected, I’ll be putting an “Archive of the Month” Page on the website, starting at the top of the valley and working south. A report from OAN in 2002 looked at a bloomery site below the track from High Wallabarrow to Grassguards.
The closing of Butler’s Solictors has seen us getting 250 early edition Ordnance Survey Maps covering from Egremont to Barrow. Some of these are hand tinted First Editions but they haven’t been well looked after and are dusty and damaged. Stephe has catalogued them all now but they are going to need sorting into what we want to keep, what we could offer to other Local History Groups and, possible, which of the duplicates we could offer for a donation to pay for the archiving tape to repair our selection. If you would be interested in helping vacuum, ironing and then repairing, contact Stephe.
Section from the 25″sheet for Broughton published in 1890
Work is underway at OAN to produce the final report for the dig. We still haven’t had feedback on some of the results and the final conclusions.
We are also working on the “Popular” Report which will give a less academic review of the last three years. much of the text and images have been gathered together we are waiting to see the first draft. Everything needs to be done and dusted and finalised with the Heritage Lottery Fund by the end of March.
Duddon Dig Final statistics:
The Duddon Dig has been a community archaeology project from the Duddon Valley Local History Group overseen by Oxford Archaeology North, with the support of the Lake District National Park and the National Trust with a major funding contribution from the heritage Lottery Fund.
Stephe Cove has done a lot of the administration over the three years and has put together some final statistics to quantify the contribution that our volunteers have made to the dig.
In total, there were to have been 48 digging days and we lost just one full day and three half days due to the weather. This was helped by the fantastic 2018 summer and contrasts with the 2007 dig higher up the fellside where it rained just about every single day.
There were 788 volunteer days altogether from 106 different volunteers and 9 members of the steering group. 43 came for all three seasons and 43 for just one of the years. As you would expect, 82% of the volunteer days came from Cumbrian addresses. One came from Sweden and one came up from Ascot for two seasons before moving up to work in Cumbria for the final year. Of the “Cumbrians”, 56% were from South Lakeland and 30% from the other side of the Duddon in Copeland.
Many thanks to everyone involved from those who gave us money and materials to those who helped out in so many different ways. We await the scientific results with great interest.
This year there is a very varied programme, with something to suit everyone. If you intend to go, please contact the Leader at least the day before stating where you will meet. In the event of very bad weather confirm with leader on the day to see if the walk is going ahead.
NB. Start times vary.
Thursday 4th April 2019 – Finsthwaite Ramble
Sue Lydon 480254
10:00 Broughton Square; 10:45 Stott Park Bobbin Mill SD 372882
11:00 tour with fee for Non English Heritage members then around Finsthwaite with guide to buildings
3 miles easy
see Walks Page for details of the walks programme.
24th April 2019
Longhouse Project Finale:
Stephe Cove – We hoped to distribute the Popular Report and review the project. This is unlikely to be ready now so will look at some of the findings and go on to look at the Archive and to discuss “What Next?” for the History Group. Come with ideas!
see Talks Page for details of the talks programme.