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Broughton Photos Book Cover

Click on the cover to view Stan Aspinall's sell out book of historic photographs of the village.

Duddon Dig Final Documents 

Click on the Cover image to download the Popular Report for the full DuddonDig 2016-18 (7.5mb)

Click on the logo to read the main Section of the Final Report from the Introduction to the Bibliography (9Mb)

Click on the logo to read the Appendices to the Final Report 2019 (18Mb)


Flyer for Angerton Moss Book

Seathwaite Tarn

Duddon Dig Documents - Seasons 1 and 2, 2016-17

Duddon Dig Documents - Seasons 1 and 2, 2016-17

Duddon Dig Documents - Seasons 1 and 2, 2016-17

Duddon Dig Documents - Seasons 1 and 2, 2016-17

Click on the logo to read the Interim Excavation Report 2016 (12Mb)

Click on the logo to read the Interim Excavation Report 2017 (11Mb)

Click on the logo to read about the work we did in local schools (2Mb)

Click on the logo to see the Longhouse FAQ Sheet (0.7Mb)


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.


Seathwaite Tarn

A history based around the story of the Seathwaite Tarn Reservoir by Dr Patrick Hoyte.

It contains rare period photos and little known facts about this project from its construction in 1904 to the present day

Copies of either book are £5 each when purchased directly from the History Group

Contact Bob Bell:

Treasurer 01229 716435

Longhouse Survey Documents

Longhouse Survey Documents

Click on the image to read our Longhouse Report (12Mb)

Click on the logo to read the extract from the CWAAS Transactions (3Mb)

Ring Cairns to Reservoirs (R2R)

Ring Cairns to Reservoirs project book

Click on the PDF logo to download sections  of the book

R2R Book Intro (0.9Mb)

R2R Pages 56-78 (4Mb)

R2R Pages 1-23 14Mb)

R2R Pages 79-95 (13Mb)

R2R Pages 24-41 3(Mb)

R2R Pages 96-125 (2Mb)

R2R Pages 42-55 (3Mb)

R2R Pages 126-149 (end) (19Mb)

Click on the photo to find out about building the Seathwaite Tarn Dam (4Mb)

Oral History

We  have set up a small group to start recording the memories and experience of people living in the area.
If you are interested in becoming part of the project on either side of the microphone, please get in touch.

Watch this space!

Publications from the Duddon Valley Local History Group


William Wordsworth and Wonderful Walker by Felicity Hughes

William Wordsworth and Wonderful WalkerRobert Walker, curate of Seathwaite chapel from 1736 to 1802, was made famous by Wordsworth who praised him in verse and prose and was the first to mention the nickname ‘Wonderful’. Most of the brief sketches of Walker’s life that appear in general guides to the Lakes turn out to be derived from Wordsworth but the original material can be difficult to find, since the prose ‘Memoir of the Rev. Robert Walker’ is tucked away in a footnote to The River Duddon and the epithet ‘Wonderful’ appears in a passage of a hundred lines or so buried in Book V11 of the long poem The Excursion.

In her new book, Felicity Hughes has brought together all the relevant material from Wordsworth and added some further sources of information about Walker not supplied by Wordsworth. She has also charted the (not always uncontroversial) history of Walker’s posthumous reputation. How did he manage to raise a family of eight surviving children on a stipend starting at £5 per year and leave the considerable sum of £2000 at his death? Could he have amassed so much worldly wealth and yet been as ‘Wonderful’ as Wordsworth alleged? Did he do it, as some have claimed, by selling ale? And Wordsworth, whose excellence as a poet is beyond question, how good was he as a biographer and local historian? The Duddon Valley Local History Group’s latest book does not pretend to give definitive answers to such questions, but aims to put the reader in possession of some of the information on which any judgements should be based.



Ring Cairns to Reservoirs Book

Ring Cairns to Reservoirs - Archaeological dicoveries in the Duddon Valley, Cumbria

This book describes the discoveries of the Ring Cairns to Reservoirs (R2R) project, which is an almost unique collaboration between the professional archaeologists of the Lake District Nati

onal Park and the trained volunteers of the Duddon Valley Local History Group, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. In the three years from 2006 to 2008, this partnership surveyed most of the Duddon Valley in southwest Cumbria for archaeological remains, and carried out an excavation of a large Bronze Age ring cairn.

The results exceeded all expectations, with over 3,000 finds of previously unrecorded sites, ranging from Bronze Age ritual circles, through medieval longhouses, to a plethora of remains from the period of the Industrial Revolution. These exciting discoveries have opened our eyes to the fact that the Duddon Valley, which is now an almost uninhabited haven of peace, was once a hive of human activity.

The content of the book can now be downloaded from the set of links above.



4 leaflets of walks to visit sites in the Duddon Valley

Walk Programmes - A series of 4 archaeological walks based on discoveries during the R2R project

Copies of these walking leaflets are available at the Tourist Information Centre in Broughton in Furness. The TIC also hold the a collection of artefacts from the series of Excavations at Stephenson Ground Scale which is documented in Walk 3.





FieldField names of the Duddon Valley Names of the Duddon Valley by Venetia Lascelles

A look at the fascinating naming of fields throughout the Duddon & Lickle Valleys. New revised & extended edition available.

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