The Sedbergh Historian

The annual 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 four 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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Publications For Sale

Heritage in the Western Dales

Sedbergh is situated near the meeting points of the rivers Rawthey, Clough and Dee before these combined rivers flow into the Lune a few miles away. The town lies in a relatively fertile valley overlooked by Winder and the smooth peaks of the Howgill Fells to the North, to the east by Baugh Fell and Risehill.

From the fells Morecambe Bay is visible to the west, the wide expanse of the Lune valley to the south-west and to the east the valleys of the Clough, the Rawthey and the Dee. Each valley has its special features and community. Garsdale follows the Clough, Cautley the Rawthey, and Dentdale encompasses the Dee.

The Western Dales are an obvious site for habitation as the river valleys provide good routes east to west across the Pennines and north to south through the Lune Gorge. The main north to south Roman road ran a mile to the west of Sedbergh. Today the M6 and the West Coast Main Rail Line follow the same route and run close together. Main roads run from west to east linking Kendal to Northallerton and Lancaster to Newcastle.

Sedbergh and District History Society has collected information and photographs relating to the area to build an archive for local people and for research. It is available in the History Room at 72A Main Street Sedbergh LA10 5AD. Further information is welcome.

Price £10 (plus postage & packing); please contact us if you would like to buy a copy.

Sedbergh The Town in Old Photographs

Sedbergh was mentioned in the Domesday Book and is thought that the Motte and Bailey castle was built about the same time c1086. It obtained its first market charter during the reign of Henry III in 1251 possibly formalising an existing informal market. A new market charter was granted by Henry VIII in 1538.

Roger Lupton founded a chantry school that became The Free Grammar School of King Edward VI and subsequently Sedbergh School. He served the crown during the reigns of Richard III, Henry VII and Henry VIII and was a Provost of Eton.

Sedbergh is now England’s Book Town. The town is twinned with Zreče in Slovenia and the twinning process was featured on national TV.

Sedbergh and District History Society has been collecting information and photographs relating to the local area to build an archive for local people and for research. It is available in the History Room at 72A, Main Street, Sedbergh, LA10 5AD. Further information is welcome.

Price £10 (plus postage & packing); please contact us if you would like to buy a copy.

Sedbergh and District 1914-1818: But who shall return us the children?

This book aims to commemorate the sacrifices that the Sedbergh and district communities made in the First World War. Extensive research was conducted into the lives and deaths of the many young men who died during the War, along with numerous photographs of the men.

Knowledge and understanding of events of the period has been enriched by studying newspaper extracts from the Westmorland Gazette and Kendal Mercury. These extracts cover recruitments; enlistment; news from and of servicemen; local meetings and issues; and various war efforts.

While every effort has been made to include every person who died during the War and we apologise for any errors or omissions that may have been made unintentionally. Any extra information or corrections would be greatly appreciated.

It is available in the History Room at 72 A Main Street Sedbergh LA10 5AD. Further information is welcome.

Price £10 (plus postage & packing); please contact us if you would like to buy a copy.

John Dawson Watson: A Sedbergh Artist and His Circle

John Dawson Watson was born in Sedbergh in 1832. The booklet contains a biographical sketch of his early life in Sedbergh and London and explores his life as an artist and his circle of friends.

There is also information regarding his father, Dawson Watson, his brother Thomas James Watson, his son Dawson Dawson Watson and his brother-in-law Myles Birket Foster, all who were gifted artists.

It is available in the History Room at 72A Main Street Sedbergh La10 5AD. Further information is welcome.

Price £5 (plus postage & packing); please contact us if you would like to buy a copy.

Dr Roger Lupton 1456-1540

This booklet looks at the life of Dr. Roger Lupton born in 1456 in Sedbergh. It explores his early life, his time as Canon of Windsor and as the Provost of Eton College. In 1525 he went on to found Sedbergh School and the booklet examines the schools founding.

It is available in the History Room at 72 Main Street Sedbergh LA10 5AD. Further information is welcome.

Price £5 (plus postage & packing); please contact us if you would like to buy a copy.

Sedbergh Historians

The Sedbergh and District History Society has been producing formal journals, called the Sedbergh Historian, since 1985. Each journal contains several articles on a wide variety of topics, and an interesting selection of photographs associated with the articles.

Copies of each of the Sedbergh Historians from 1985 to the present edition are available for purchase. Information on the contents of each journal is available here on the website through a search function and drop-down menus.

They are also available in the History Room at 72A Main Street Sedbergh LA10 5AD.

Price £5 (plus postage & packing); please contact us if you would like to buy a copy.