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Two Booklets

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 parishes.
The booklets are modestly priced (£3 and £5) and all profits go towards the upkeep of the respective churches. The booklets are available from "Bookends" in Keswick or by post from Geoff Darrall (see below).

    St Johns in the Vale Booklet
The Story of St John’s-in-the-Vale describes the history of the beautiful little church set up on the pass between High and Low Rigg which lies in the centre of the parish. There are chapters on the heritage of the parish, The Vale of St John’s and Naddle.
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.
E-mail: geoff.darrall@btinternet.com 

front cover of Wythburn booklet which shows Thirlmere and a snow-covered Helvellyn           Wythburn Church Booklet

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.


The two booklets above are now joined  by two books, referred to as books 3 and 4 on the NEWS and EVENTS sections of the home page :-

  "Rediscovering our Past" book cover showing Castle Rock of Triermain

Rediscovering Our Past (Book 3) is the focus of this website and contains photos and histories of various houses in the parish, largely researched and written by the current occupiers. Also included are anciently important but now abandoned farmsteads together with photos of their remains. These include Causey Head and Snipes How in the vale of Naddle and Rake How (or Wrecka), How Gill, Moss Dykes and Cote Syke in the Vale of Saint John.

Under the terms of the RDPE grant the book cannot be sold but only distributed to parishoners.

However there are a few copies left over and Geoff  (details above) may be induced to part with one in consideration of a suitable donation to the Village Hall. The sum of £7 plus postage is suggested as a minimum as this would cover the costs of printing but larger donations would be most welcome.

Front cover of Farmer John showing Bram Cragg, Johns last farm

The Life of a Cumbrian Hill Farmer
(book 4) 

  was written by John Jackson of Fornside and latterly of Bram Cragg, about 1995.  John Died in 2005 but his family wished to see his book published. John's text has been edited by Pat and Geoff Darrall and illustrated with numerous photographs supplied by the Jackson family.

The book tells  the remarkable story of John's life as a Cumberland farmer and musician. John Pears Jackson lived and worked in the Vale of Saint John’s throughout much of the last century. His story describes the day to day life of a farmer and the enormous changes in farming over sixty years, including the stresses and strains of wartime restrictions. As a musician, John formed with his brothers the well-known and popular Jackson Brothers Dance Band which played all over the County and beyond for Farmers’ Balls, Hunt Balls and other events.The book has been illustrated with many contemporary photographs.This is a story which will fascinate both farmers and all who love Cumbria, its life and traditions.

The Jackson family have paid for the printing and publication of the book but have kindly agreed to donate the  proceeds of any sales, to be divided between St Johns in the Vale Church and the Thirlmere Village Hall.

The book is for sale at a price of £9.99 plus postage.

How to Buy These Books

Please note that, for all four of these books, since they are already printed and paid for, your payment  is in effect a direct donation towards the upkeep of the two churches and/or the village hall. So if you are willing, and can afford to pay more than the nominal price that would be most welcome.

Postage costs keep changing (the prices quoted above are probably out of date already) and will vary if you are buying more than one book so please contact Geoff for current postage costs.
If you are able to donate significantly more than the cover price of the books then that donation could be taken to include postage without worring about the exact cost of postage.

We should, in principle, be able to post the books to anywhere in the world if  the currency conversion problem can be overcome. Please phone or email Geoff to discuss.