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Cartmel Peninsula Local History Society







Peninsula Schools


Kents Bank




Cartmel Peninsula in the south of Cumbria, England
Welcome to the website for:
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.


Latest additions to our  website:

An essay by John Beckett on the Grange Printing Works and the Grange Red Book has been added to the Village Histories for Grange-over-Sands.

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

View January 2014 Newsletter

View our June 2014 Newsletter

Messages for members:

1. NEXT TRIP: To follow up our popular lecture on 3/4/2014 we have arranged a tour of Lowther Castle and Gardens on Thursday 19th June 2014. The cost will be £5 per person and the tour will last at least 1 hour. You will need to make your own way there but if this is a problem a lift may be available. We meet at 2.00pm.  Booking is essential so please contact Stuart Harling, contact details on Membership and Contacts page of this website, if you wish to go. Too late....Over 40 members and friends enjoyed a tour of these Castle Gardens in glorious sunshine.

2. The Village Histories Group. New papers have been added to our archive. Please click on the village names above to see the latest additions. If you have any information or documents that can help expand these histories please let me know.

3. CPLHS Bibliography. Please see news below about our very own Cartmel Peninsula Bibliography thanks to member John Beckett.

4. CPLHS Newsletter. If you have any research you wish published please submit it to our Secretary by e-mail. Our latest Newsletter can be viewed by clicking the link above.

5. Membership for 2014. Our membership year commences on 1st November each year so membership subscriptions for 2014 are now due. As we are now in the second half of the lecture programme new members are welcome for an introductory fee of £5.00.Please see the Membership & Contacts page on this web site for a membership form. 

6. Research Groups. The CPLHS is seeking to establish a Lindale History Group with an introductory meeting arranged for July 15th at 7.30pm in Lindale Village Hall. If you have a particular interest in Lindale history or any historical knowledge of documents that may be of interest please come along. More information is available from Nigel Mills.

Nigel Mills. 
Updated 21/06/2014

                                                    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.

CPLHS Newsletter

Our latest Newsletter can be viewed by clicking the link below. If you have any articles you wish published please forward them to me by e-mail.