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Welcome to the Cumbria Vernacular Buildings Group Events Diary

Patron: The Hon. Philip Howard

Middles Farm elevation, drawn by Richard Wilson

Events 2017

For enquiries please contact June Hill (formerly June Hall) at

For bookings, please contact Mike Kingsbury at

For membership, please contact Mike Turner at

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Thursdy 12th, 10.00-15.30. Training course, Recording 1. Lime Grove, Tirril, nr. Penrith. Bring packed Lunch. £10 for Jan and Feb sessions.


Thursday 9th, 10.00-15.30. Training course, Recording 2. Lime Grove, Tirril, nr. Penrith. Bring packed Lunch. £10 for Jan and Feb sessions.


Saturday 18th, 10.00-16.00. Study Day: Vernacular Interiors. Swarthmoor Hall, nr Ulverston.

Cost £15 including refreshments and buffet lunch.

Newby Hall


Wednesday 26th, 14.00-15.00. Visit: Yanwath Hall near Penrith. £5.00.


Tuesday 23rd, 13.00-15.30. Site Tour, Honister Slate Mine (underground, involves uneven ground) £12.50


Sunday 18th, 11.00-16.00. Excursion: Bastles around Biggar. Joint event with Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group. £10.00


Visit to Penrith

Thursday 13th, 14.00-16.00. Walkabout: High Newton, Cartmel peninsula, with Nigel Mills and Stuart Harling of the Cartmel Peninsula Local History Society. £5.00


Thursday 17th, 10.30-15.30. Visit: Explore Dentdale and Dent Pennine farms and industry including Dent Marble Heritage Centre £10.00


Saturday 30th, 10.00-16.00. 5th AGM, Naworth Castle. Follwed by visit to castle and Lanercost Priory. £10.00 includes buffet lunch.


timber frame roof Guildhall Carlisle

Saturday 14th, 10.00-16.00. Study Day: Demystifying roof structures, with Peter MacGowan at Kirkby Stephen. £15.00, includes buffet lunch.


Saturday 11th, 10.00-15.00. Workshop: Identifying timber, vists to local suppliers, meet at 10am Skelton Village Hall for morning speakers, afternoon visits to suppliers. £15.00, refreshments provided, bring packed lunch.


Thursday 7th, 12.30-15.00. Christmas Lunch, in the Medieval Hall at Askham Hall. Two course lamb feast followed by Tarte Tatin and coffee. £30 per head.

Christmas dinner at Carlisle Tithe Barn

Events 2016

Training days in 2016 included building recording sessions and a workshop on using historic documents (including deciphering old handwriting). The Farmstead was the subject of a study day hosted by the Helena Thompson museum in Workington. Our second study day, on organic building materials, was held jointly with the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society in October, to celebrate their 150th anniversary. We held village walkabouts in Cartmel and Millbeck, spent an afternoon in Penrith looking at urban vernacular buildings and visited vernacular revival buildings, including Blackwell, near Bowness on Windermere. In July, hosted by the Duddon Valley Local History Group, we visited an excavated Medieval longhouse. For those that didn't fancy a fell walk, we arranged an itinerary of more accessible buildings (including the Blacksmith's Arms at Broughton Mills and Duddon Furnace) in and around the Duddon valley. The year was rounded off with a Christmas lunch in Carlisle's fine tithe barn, to medieval music provided by Alte Musik, a U3A group from Cockermouth.

Events 2015

Our hectic 2015 programme included training and recording sessions at a variety of buildings. We held study days on urban vernacular survivals in Kirkby Lonsdale, industrial buildings in Caldbeck and Grasmere in the time of the Wordsworths. Our third AGM was held at Cartmel Fell in September and we ended the year with a lovely Christmas lunch at the Cross Keys, Cautely, an historic temperance in with Quaker connections. CVBG also hosted the national Vernacular Architecture Group conference, held at Penrith in July, which involved organising visits for over 100 delegates to buildings in the central Lake District, Alston and the Solway. The conference marked the 50th anniversary of the first VAG visit to Cumberland, led by our patron Ron Bruskill, who sadly died this year.

Events 2014

Our busy 2014 programme included study days on vernacular building materials and the 'Great Rebuild' in Cumbria , our second AGM held at Hawkshead and a number of recording sessions. We visited bastles and peles in north Cumbria, clay dabbins in Burgh by Sands, vernacular buildings in Furness and Crosby Garrett and Musgrave tithe barns. Download a history of Crosby Garrett and Musgrave Tithe Barns by John Dunning, Peter Messenger and Mike Lea (opens as a pdf. file, requires Adobe Reader). Click on the link for free Adobe Reader download.

Events 2013

Stainton Hall, Stainton, Furness

Events in 2013 included our first AGM at Acorn Bank, Temple Sowerby, a village walkabout in Milburn, a study day on The Hearth in Mungrisdale and a lovely Christmas lunch and tour around Castle Dairy, Kendal.

farmhouse near Levens

out of the ground

Contact CVBG

June Hill (formerly June Hall) (Chairman) email Telephone 07547 081631

Mike Kingsbury (Treasurer and bookings) email Telephone 015242 76434

Mike Turner (Secretary and membership) email

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