- The Society was formed in 1993, founded by the late Ron George. It is not a registered charity but is run by a committee and has formal accounts. Our 'territory' is shown on the map, but we are not parochial in our approach. Please see our constitution.
- We organise talks on local history topics, held in the Yew Tree Hall, High Lorton on alternate months. These are free to members and open to visitors for £2.50.
- We organise guided visits to historical sites, and other activities such as local historical walks.
- We publish a Journal and a newsletter called The Wanderer, each twice yearly and we send to full UK members the Cumbria Local History Federation Bulletins, three time a year.
- The Society operates this website which has further information about its activities, and provides access to information and resources.
- We have an archive relating to the area, comprising photos, maps, registers, censuses, surveys and books. This is available to members and used by the public seeking information.
- To mark its 10th anniversary, the Society organised an exhibition featuring large maps of local townships showing everyone who lived there around 1840, together with photographs of the houses.
- To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Wordsworths’ visit to Lorton, we held an exhibition and produced a book entitled ‘Wordsworth and the famous Lorton yew tree’.
- The Society has two books in print, A Cumberland Valley, a History of the Parish of Lorton by Ron George, at £12.95 and Life in Old Loweswater by Roz Southey at £8.95.
- Full membership for 20016/17, starting 1st November, costs £12 but is reduced to £8 for other members at the same address sharing mailings.
- To join for the current or next year, commencing 1st November, please contact the Membership Secretary, Anne Asquith, on 01900 822969, or 8 Holmewood Avenue, Cockermouth CA13 0BE. Or contact the Society by clicking the following link:
Mary Robinson, Maid of Buttermere
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