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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 as a member for £8 annually. The new subscription year starts on 1st January, previously 1st November.

The Society is now on Facebook. We invite you to follow us on Facebook here

Next Event (click heading for poster). New members joining at the November meeting for 2019 need not pay the visitor's fee and will receive the WW1 booklet 'They Lie in Foreign Fields' - see below.

New Publication (click heading to download). The Society is pleased to publish a new booklet 'They lie in foreign fields' by Walter Head and Sheila Gordon. This commemorates the thirty-one men who lost their lives in WW1 and are remembered on the war memorials in our area. This booklet is not for sale, but may be downloaded, as above.

Township maps online Our maps of six of our townships in the 1840s, inclusing all farms, fields, buildings and inhabitants, are now available on this site, here.

Privacy Policy Please find the Society's Privacy Policy here.


Our Area 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 generally.

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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 newsletter called the Wanderer, a Journal (no longer continued), several books, and other occasional publications.

  • It has run historical and archaelogical projects.

  • It keeps an archive of historical material for the area and provides support for other local and family historians.

  • The Society is a member of the Cumbria Local History Federation the Cumbria County History Trust and the British Association for Local History.