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.
Our project to visit the washfolds/sheep washes in our area few months from January to June in 2022 has started. Our four teams have now surveyed 18 sites which would have been half way but the list of sites has now risen to 45! We have visited the fold on Wash Dub Beck above Turner Hall Farm and the one on Wash Fold point on Devoke water.
Recent sites visited are much more comples that the earlier ones.
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.
12: Saturday, 21st May 2022 – Eden Valley and Long Meg
Lindsay checked the route yesterday and writes: I’m going to have to cancel, Its totally unsuitable at the moment with broken and rotten walk boards and very slippy in quite a few places along the Eden stretch past the caves. Poor state of affairs on a once popular walking route
See Walks Page for details of the Walks programme.
Talks Programme –
Wednesday, May 25th, 2022 – changed to the correct date for a Wednesday. Sorry!
Railways of Barrow Through the Lens of Michael Andrews
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.
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
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.