Welcome to the website of the Lorton
& Derwent Fells Local History Society (L&DFLHS).
This site introduces you to the Society and its activities
and publications. The site provides a focus for local history
in our area. Whether you live locally or not, you can join the
Society as a member for £10. The new subscription year starts on 1st November. The Society has nearly
The late Michael Grieve
The committee and members were saddened by the death of Michael in Yeovil on 4th March 2014. Michael was the founding secretary of the society in 1993, until 2005, and was responsible for its general running, its Newsletter and many projects. In 2006 he and Vivien moved to Dorset. His friends in the society offer condolences to his family.
Society visit to St Bees Priory and School, and Whitehaven - Friday 23rd May 2014
This full day visit by coach will include the entaertainment of the Rum Story at Whitehaven follwed by expert guidance to the historic religiuos and scholastic facilities at St Bees. Visitors welcome, See details
Exhibition 19th & 20th October, Yew Tree Hall.
This was a great success and enjoyed by the c.400 who visited as well as those who contributed to the content or the organisation. If you missed it, or would just like to see some of it again, then take a look at our pictorial report.
Derek Denman, Chair
Historical walk in Lorton in August
All four walks were made without the intervention of rain and were well supported. Collections for the North Lakes Food Bank totalled £200. My thanks go to those who supported the walks and this charity. These walks, and the Lowswater village walk, can be downloaded for personal use on our publications page.
Derek Denman 01900 85551
VCH group completes its Jubilee Digests
30th November 2012. The Society's VCH group has now completed its Jubilee Digests for the 21 VCH places which we undertook to do. Most of these are now on the CCHT website as short basic histories of the places. See our VCH page.
New venture on 11th October 2012- quiz
At the Yew Tree Hall, a light hearted team quiz based on local history and environment - but not too difficult (actually not at all difficult, mostly multiple choice answers ). Puddings and prizes in abundance. See the Poster
Did you miss it? Ten teams of four competed and had a great evening. If you would like another on next year please contact John Macfarlane and let him know.
New VCH page
Visit our new page which describes our activity and holds the extracted sources for our work on the Victoria County History for Cumbria
Allan Bank visit, March 29
Journals and Newsletters
All Journals and Newsletters now on our Journals page
Lorton in 1811
Following requests the talk given on Lorton 200 years ago is now here and you can download the slides here and the text here. Please respect the copyright. Read the text of John Bolton's lecture on Lorton and Loweswater 80 years ago, given in 1891 (out of copyright)
The Society has its principal focus in the area of the English
Lake District to the west of Keswick and the south of
Cockermouth. The map shows this area of Cumbria, formerly
Cumberland. The old townships covered are Brackenthwaite,
Buttermere, Embleton, Lorton, Loweswater, Mosser, Pardshaw,
Whinfell and Wythop. The Society and its members are also
interested in Cumberland families and the history of Cumbria
Our area in the county of Cumbria
What does the Society do?
The Society is a membership organisation, run by an elected Committee.
It organises a programme of events for its members and visitors, primarily a series of bi-monthly talks.
Additionally it organises historical visits, walks and occasional exhibitions.
It publishes a Journal, a newsletter called 'The Wanderer', several books, and other occasional publications.
It runs participatory historical and archaeological projects.
It keeps an archive of historical material for the area and provides support for other local and family historians.