Launch of new book on Wythburn and Thirlmere 

The Wythburn and Thirlmere Heritage Group gets little publicity yet performs a very valuable service in seeking firstly, to help towards the maintenance of Wythburn church, a grade two listed building and one of the very few buildings to survive in the parish of Wythburn. Secondly the Group also tries to promote the heritage of the valley as far as it can.
This year sees a major initiative on the part of the group in the publication of a book entitled

"The Valley of Thirlmere -

Rediscovering our Past (part two);

A History of the Houses and People in the Old Valley."

Written by Geoff Darrall who was vicar of Wythburn from 1963 to 1995, with lots of illustrations in the form of old photographs and with special paintings by Margaret Shawcross, herself a former Wythburn resident, and contributions from Laurie Walton and Eric Hope and cover photos by Patrick Holmes, it contains an account of the various houses which used to lie round the old lake, and stories of some of those who formerly lived there.

The book is to be launched in Thirlmere Recreation Hall on

Saturday, March 2 nd at 2 pm.


Front cover of book - an aerial view of Thirlmere with Grasmere in the distanceTeas will be provided free and there will be a display of old photographs as on previous similar occasions. If people have any old photos or memorabilia, we would be grateful if they could bring them along. Please contact Geoff (E/m: geoff.darrall@btinternet.com) beforehand to arrange display.


The Thirlmere Recreation Hall Committee has contributed a substantial part of the cost of publication. The book (168 pages) will cost £10 per copy (£12-90  inclusive of P&P) and any profits will be given to the Wythburn and Thirlmere Heritage Group