The 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. You can read our constitution here. Winter and Spring talks are usually held on the first and third Wednesdays of most months. Meetings for these talks are held in St. Andrew’s Church, Sedbergh, while some will be on Zoom. Summer outings vary from local walks to full day excursions.

The society runs a series of lectures, visits and events as well as undertaking research, including surveys and archaeological digs. In 1994 the society was runner-up in the Pitt-Rivers Archaeological Award for its survey of lime kilns in the area.

In addition to the above the society archives are kept in a room that is open to the public. The archives hold copies of parish registers, tithe maps and schedules, censuses, land tax returns, deeds and wills, as well as an extensive collection of photographs dating from about 1858 onwards. Trinity College, Cambridge has contributed many documents concerning St Andrew’s Church, and Sedbergh School has provided the surviving governors’ minutes up to 1874 when it ceased to be the Free Grammar School of King Edward VI In Sedbergh.

There is a History Society room in the Community Office. Items available include:

  • Parish registers for Sedbergh, Garsdale, Dent and Howgill
  • Censuses for Sedbergh, Dent and Garsdale
  • Graveyard recordings for Sedbergh, Dent, Garsdale, Cautley, Frostrow and Hawes

In order to help people researching their family histories there are files with information on many properties and families. The society has copies of books and articles on the area and relevant documents such as poll tax lists, muster rolls, lay subsidies and Charity Commission reports. Finally the society publishes four newsletters each year in addition to its annual journal, The Sedbergh Historian.

Committee Members

Kevin Lancaster


Karen Bruce-Lockhart


Jon Simon-Norris


Michelle Hartley

Membership Secretary

Julie Leigh

Social Secretary

Derrick Hartley


Dilys Evans

Committee Member

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