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Cartmel Peninsula Local History Society







Peninsula Schools


Kents Bank




Cartmel Peninsula in the south of Cumbria, England
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Cartmel Peninsula Local History Society

The society was founded in 1996 with the objective of promoting an interest in local history within Cartmel and the surrounding parishes, roughly the area between the Leven Estuary to the west and the Kent Estuary to the east.
This objective was to be met by:
a)  Promoting Lectures
b)  Organising Field Excursions
c)   Providing Information
d)  Encouraging Local History Research
These four aspects of the society are still key and drive the varied programme of lectures, excursions and members research organised and supported by the society.


View of our Lecture Programme for 2015. Please note lectures are now on the First Thursday of the month.

View November 2014 Newsletter

View our January 2015 Newsletter

View our Summer 2015 Trips and Lectures

Messages for members:

Events to mark the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of MAGNA CARTA


Wednesday, 10th June: Dr David Starkey will speak in Cartmel Priory at 7.30 p.m. on “Magna Carta”.  This is a public lecture and admission is at the door at a cost of £5.00.  Dr Starkey is willing to sign copies of his book “Magna Carta: The True Story Behind The Charter” (published 23rd April).


Monday, 7th September: Dr Alan Crosby will speak in Cartmel Priory at 7.30 p.m. on “ King John was not a Good Man: Understanding Magna Carta on its 800th Anniversary”.   Again, this is a public lecture and admission is once again at the door at a cost of £2.50 (no charge for members of CPLHS).


Monday 28th September: Dr Sarah Rose will speak on Magna Carta as part of The Priory’s 800th Anniversary Celebrations. Her talk will be at 11.30 a.m.   This is not a lecture open to all members of the public and admission will only be through The Priory’s booking system – on line or at The Priory.  


ALSO on Monday 28th September: CPLHS is presenting  brief talks at 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. on “The impact of Magna Carta in Cartmel from 1215” to be followed (in each case) by a guided walk (restricted numbers) around the village.  Once more, admission is only to be through The Priory’s booking system and these events are not otherwise open to the public.   However, it is hoped to repeat the talk and walk for the benefit of CPLHS members in due course.

Stuart Harling 
April 2015

                                                    CPLHS Activities.

Research Groups.

Many individual members in the CPLHS undertake their own personal research with the support of our society and all members benefit from this at our AGM where traditionally members give short presentations of their particular interests.

We also have a Village Histories Group which has evolved into a general Research Group and a developing Oral History Group which is working on several audio recordings made by a few senior members of the Cartmel community a few years ago.

All members are welcome to attend these groups just to listen or to add to the discussion. The meetings are publicised in our Newsletters and on the Home page of this website.

CPLHS Archive.

We are planning an official archive of source material held by CPLHS and a permanent record of articles and essays produced and published by our members. These will be listed in the Newsletters and this website as soon as they are available.  

Lectures and Excursions.   

If you have a particular interest, can recommend a speaker or have an idea for a field trip or "excursion" please let us know. 

Cartmel Peninsula Bibliography - John Beckett.

A detailed and comprehensive Bibliography has been compiled by John for use by members in their research. It lists books of general interest and those that have village specific references  helpful for our Villages Research Project. To view the latest version please click on the link below.