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Welcome to the Duddon Valley Local History Group Website

Winners of the Marsh Award for Community Archaeology presented at the AGM of the Council for British Archaeology in London in November 2019

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.

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Latest News

Walks and Talks Programme –

Walks Programme –

The programme for the coming year will feature many of the walks we had to cancel, 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.

Next Walk:

Change of date and walk

Saturday, 23rd October 2021 – Bootle Fell – Stephe Cove 01229 773965 Dave Hughes 01229 716659

See Walks Page for details of the talks programme.

Talks Programme

Talk dates are now confirmed.

Next Talk:

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

Waiter, Miner, Butcher, Spy – Germans and Austrians in Cumbria During World War One – Rob David

See Talks Page for details of the talks programme.


New PublicationsBroughton Photos Book Cover

Flyer for Angerton Moss Book

Stan Aspinall’s sell-out book featuring Photographs of Broughton is now available to view on the Publications Page.


The story of Angerton Moss and its uses is predominantly by William D Shannon PHD, FSA from whom permission to reproduce his work is recorded and acknowledged. Lex has added his own research and provided many of the photos and graphic interpretation.The actual book is A5 size. It is a quality publication, beautifully illustrated and runs to 66 pages. It is a splendid read.

Copies are £5 each when purchased directly from the History Group or £6.50 if posted.

Duddon Sonnets Map Display
Display at Wordsworth Museum 2021


Lockdown Projects

Wordsworth’s Duddon Sonnets

It was the publication of the thirty three sonnets in 1820 that made a star out of the provincial poet living in the lake District. He followed the river from source to the sea, making the journey an allegory for the life of a man. Wordsworth later added a thirty-fourth sonnet in which, as Jonathan Bate says, ‘the poet deconstructs, then reconstructs, the analogy between human life and the life of the river.

The celebration was delayed by a year due to Covid19. we didn’t intend to do anything for inside the museum. Our original plan was a self guided walk from Wrynose to Askam, using signposts at parking places taken people down to the river. This wasn’t going to be possible, so we used a map, photographs and selections from the sonnets to provide a visual representation of the river.

Gail Batten, Dave Hughes and Stephe Cove

Furness Railway 175th Anniversary

Station board at Foxfield

Following contact with Stephen at the level crossing and Richard at the signal box, we got involved in the celebrations for the 175th Anniversary of the Furness Railway with a plan for a display at Foxfield Station. It seemed a very disjointed project and it was hard to find out who was organising it, so Dave and I thought we go ahead anyway. Photos from our archives, from photographers on the web and valuable help from Geoff Holme put together a board over a metre square in the waiting room at the station. It gets it official opening on 24th of August with a representative from Northern Rail doing the honours.

A second board for Broughton and the line to Coniston is with Furness Plastic at the moment. CGP have generously agreed to make a plinth and install the board on the old line leading our of the village.

Dave and Stephe



Our Projects Gallery

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