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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 £8 as a full member. The new subscription year starts on 1st November.

Next Event (click for poster)

Society visit to Carlisle- Roger Hiley has posted a report on Loweswatercam about the visit on 1st November

Loweswater Mill - to see the material related to the article in Journal 58 click here .

Loweswater Village Hall - Roger Hiley has posted an unusual page on Loweswatercam this week, all about the Loweswater Village Hall and the activities there over the years.

Roger would love to hear from anyone who can add more information or submit more photos relating to the hall to contact me so that  I can update to the page accordingly.

History of Embleton and Wythop

Meeting on 15th April 2015 This was a local meeting on the history of Embleton and Wythop held at Embleton Community Hall (not Lorton) on Wednesday 15th April.If you missed it part of the content is available here as: slides and text.

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.

Derek Denman

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

Click to see a pictorial report of our recent outing to Allan Bank, courtesy of the National Trust

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)


Click to see a pictorial report of our outing to the historic houses of Setmurthy and Isel

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.

An image depicting the county 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.

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