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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.

Duddon Valley Local History Group Home Page

Latest News

Thomas Butler Maps

Lockdown has given me an opportuninty to get more of the maps sorted. Thosecovering north of here have been given to the Drigg and the Waberthwaite Local History Groups. Maps to the south are ready to be given to the Kirkby and The Askam groups. The reainder are being cleaned and repaired, some for our own Archive and some for sale to defray the costs of the materials needed for restoration. Duplicates and maps covering the eastern side are available for sale. Some are First Editions, Cumberland 1860s and Lancashire 1880s, or Second Editions, 1890s and 1913/4. Some are coloured and are amazing works of art about 40×30 inches. if you are interested contact

For more information and pictures click on the link here Thomas Butler maps

Archive News

I haven’t found a single soul who admits to looking at these pages so I have abandoned the project for now as it involves a lot of work for neglible reward. Follow the link to see what you have missed!  Previous Archives

Tracks in the Valley Project – Cancelled because no-one volunteered to join a group to get the project going

The training session was never set up as other things got in the way. I shall send out a message in the New Year to get things going

The latest project for the group is to a detailed survey of all the tracks in the Duddon to record their features and provide a baseline for changes in the future. The organisation will be like the one we used in the R2R surveys with team leaders allocated to a section of the valley and working with a small team. If you are interested in being a group leader, let me knowas soon as possible as we are about to arrange a session for leaders to finalise the details of the survey objectives and planning paperwork. Contact

Save the Day Cancelled – to be rearranged at a later date

On Saturday May 9th we are arranging a workshop and walk day at the Victory Hall. Drs Bill Shannon and Sarah Rose will bring along resources in the morning to show how to use old maps and documents to find out more of the history of our area following the work on the Town Trail leaflet. After lunch we will go down on to the mosses and look at how the landscape and settlement of Angerton has developed over the centuries. Hopefully, members will be inspired to form groups to extend our knowledge of the toewn and the valley

Walks Programme – cancelled for the moment

 There will be a new programme for the next year, 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.


Walks Programme

There are common sense measures we must take to protect each other now and so all our planned walks are suspended until further notice.


see Walks Page for details of the walks programme.


Talks Programme

There are common sense measures we must take to protect each other now and so all our planned talks are suspended until further notice.


see Talks Page for details of the talks programme.




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