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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
Warning - Roadworks in Lorton!!!
We are all looking forward to the talk by our President, Angus Winchester, on 12th March. However, that falls withing the period during which High Lorton Street will be closed for resurfacing.
Update 11th March. The works in High Lorton Street around the YTH appear to be complete but the road into high Lorton from Cockermouth is stripped for resurfacing. There should be no problem in parking, apart from the normal problems, and no reason not to come. However, avoid the normal fork to High Lorton coming off the Whinlatter road from Cockermouth. Approach either through Low Lorton or from the Rising Sun and down Holemire Lane. There may be road closed signs, but just ignore them for access to local facilities, the YTH, and park normally.
Report of Exhibition 19th & 20th October 2013, 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. You can purchase a copy of Journal No.53 from the Society for £1, containing all tyhe histories and photographs of the objects.
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 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.