The stories of Wythburn and St John's-in-the-Vale have
recently been told in two booklets by Geoff Darrall, a former vicar of
The booklets are modestly priced (£3 and £5) and all profits go towards the upkeep of the respective churches. The books are available from "Bookends" in Keswick or by post from Geoff Darrall (see below).
St Johns in the Vale Booklet
There is also a brief biography of the dialect poet, John Richardson, revered as the builder of the church, the vicarage and the school.
An appendix details the footpaths of the parish and includes a map of the houses and footpaths mentioned in the text.
The book costs £5, and contains 84 pages. (By post, £6.50 incl. p&p )
( cheques - payable to St John’s-in-the-Vale church.)
and is available from:
Piper Publications, Piper House, Naddle, Keswick. CA12 4TF. England.
Wythburn Church and the Valley of Thirlmere
Tells the story of Wythburn church against the background of the drowning of the valley at the end of the 19th Century, when Manchester needed a source of pure water.
This booklet costs £3, and contains 48 pages.
(By post, £4.50 incl. p&p, and can be obtained from the same publisher. Cheques – payable to Wythburn Church.)
Buying both books saves on postage
£8 + £2.50 p&p = £10.50
Please send one cheque payable to Geoffrey Darrall who will divide it between the churches.
For sales to Europe and North America the cost of both books is £8 + £7 p&p =£15.
We are sorry but we have not had overseas customers before and
have not looked into the mysteries of credit card payments and currency
conversion or the full details of postage costs.. The postage to Europe
may turn out to be less than £5.
If you are really keen to acquire these books abroad, please email Geoff Darrall at the address given above with suggestions as to how you might pay for them.
Please note that your payment is in effect a
donation towards the upkeep of the two churches
so if you would like to pay more than the nominal price that would be