Sedbergh & District History Society

Society Sedbergh & District History Society was founded in 1980 and now has members throughout the world. Its aims are to study, research, publish and stimulate interest in history but mainly in the history of the local area.

Winter lectures are held on the first and third Wednesdays of every month. Meetings are held in St. Andrew’s Church, Sedbergh or by Zoom invitation. Summer outings vary from local walks to full day excursions.

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History Highlights

21st February 2024

The Material Culture of an Elite Mediaeval Household

Part of the Sedbergh & District History Society’s Winter Programme of Events for 2024

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Archives Catalogue

26th October 2023

The History Society has now purchased a fantastic scanner and has received our blank archives database from the Cumbria Local History Federation!

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Sedbergh Book Club

A book club was established in Sedbergh in 1728 and had 12 founding members who met once a month. Membership fell and the club faded, but was re-established in 1782 with 27 members. In 1833 a room was hired to house the numerous books. By 1892 few people were borrowing the books and in 1928, after 200 years, the club finally stopped.

The Sedbergh Historian

The journal of the Society has been produced since 1981. Articles include a wide variety of topics, they range in time from pre-Norman to the present and cover Sedbergh, Garsdale, Dent and neighbouring areas.

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Society Newsletters

The Society publishes several newsletters each year providing local news, reviews of talks and excursions and short articles on a wide variety of interesting topics.

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Sedbergh & District History Society has gratefully received funding from the following organisations

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority's Sustainable Development Fund is open to individuals, businesses, community groups or voluntary sector bodies. It provides an accessible source of money for a range of projects that result in positive benefits for the National Park's environment, economy and communities, while enhancing and conserving local culture, wildlife and landscape.