The Duddon Valley History Group

On Tuesday 14 November The Duddon Valley History Group will be presenting the findings of this year's excavation of a Longhouse at Seathwaite.
The presentation will take place at 7pm in the Victory Hall, Broughton-in-Furness, with free admission and refreshments and is open to all.
Leading archaeologists will explain their discoveries of a site which is proving to be highly significant in terms of ancient settlements in South Cumbria.


Following a three year survey of the Duddon Valley conducted in conjunction with the the Lake District National Park Authority, the local history group identified 39 structures which appeared to have the hallmarks of Norse Longhouses. These were subjected to more detailed study, with fourteen of the best preserved being deemed worthy of further investigation. The only way to establish the origin of these structures was by excavation. Three sites were chosen.
With the help and support of the National Park archaeologist, Eleanor Kingston, a successful bid for funding was made to the Heritage Lottery Fund and other charitable bodies. Oxford Archaeology North, under the direction of Jamie Quartermaine, was appointed to supervise the work.
The programme began in 2016 with the excavation at Tongue House Close. The results showed that this structure was probably a shieling, constructed in the 16th Century which had been in use for several hundred years.
In June 2017 attention turned to the much larger site at Longhouse Close where a number of structure indicated a possible early settlement. Over the course of two weeks, seventy volunteers helped to uncover part of the site. The results to date are proving to be highly significant and could shed a whole new light on our understanding of human occupation of the area.
The driving force behind this programme has been History Group member and former Backbarrow resident Peter Matthiessen. His efforts were acknowledged when, earlier this year he was honoured with the prestigious British Association for Local History Award.

For further information please contact;
Ken Day, Chairman of the Duddon Valley Local History Group – 01229 716113
email (Away until 21 October)

Stephe Cove, Committee Member and organiser of the volunteers.- 01229 773965
Full details of the History Group's activities can be found at


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