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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

Stop Press: Change of topic for January talk – see below

New Survey project for the Duddon Valley

The Duddon Valley History Group have always enjoyed the “history” talks. As a group, we have always done more than just listen.

We are looking at a project to visit the washfolds/sheep washes in our  area few months from January to June in 2022. We would need teams of three or more to give up four to eight days to cover the 31 sites identified in the valley. Training and advice will be given to complete the survey form and to discuss what sort of photographs will be needed to put it all together as an online book for our website.

We now have a number of volunteers and will be looking to sort out a training day early in the New Year. Still happy to hear from you  if you want to express an interest in this new project. Contact:

Colin, or David, or Stephe,


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:

7: Saturday, 19th February 2022: A Walk around Broughton in Furness – Stan Aspinall

A LIMIT OF 12 FOR THE WALK. – you must book in with Stan AFTER February 1st 2022

If there is sufficient demand, the walk will be repeated at 2.00pm, again with a limit of 12.

See Walks Page for details of the Walks programme.


Talks Programme –

Next Talk:

January 26th, 2022

Broughton Rediscovered – Stan Aspinall  – Change of topic for this meeting

A Branwell Bronte Mystery – Colin Robertshaw is now happening in June

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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