Garsdale is not a village, but a valley through
which runs the A684 road from Sedbergh to Hawes.
The other centre of population is at Garsdale Head,
still known as "Hawes Junction"
the North is Baugh Fell with its tarns. To the South is Rise
Hill, then Dentdale.
Garsdale's Clough River has its source in Grisedale: "The Dale that Died"
To locals, the whole seven miles from Langst'n Fell to the Moorcock is just Garsdale.
Memories of Garsdale
This website has been established to celebrate the valley of Garsdale.
Local events will be advertised here (free), as will local businesses and services.
2016 events:We are planning a Railway service on Garsdale station platform at 11 a.m. on May 8th
to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the first passenger train on the Settle-Carlisle line,
and also of the laying of the foundation stone of Hawes Junction chapel on the same day (May 1st).
The service will be led by Revd Harold Stuteley, with the Hawes Silver Band.
It will be followed by lunch at the chapel. Everyone is welcome.
Remember to call at the URC at Sedbergh to support the coffee morning for Garsdale Red Squirrels between 10 a.m. and noon on Wednesday 11th.
Low Smithy Chapel Anniversary will
be held on Sunday, May 15th at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The preacher
will be Denis Yates of Scorton. Tea to follow.
2015 events:Garsdale enjoyed three Carol Services in the dale (all different), raising over £600 for three charities:
Tear Fund, Cumbria Flood Relief and Manna House in Kendal.
Carol Singing began on Monday, December 7th , down the dale from Swarthgill, and we braved showers (and got wet) up the dale on Tuesday.
Wednesday was wet, so the last evening was Thursday from Parrington's up to The Street.
Thank you to everyone who donated to "Action for Children" (formerly National Childrens' Homes). £325 was collected.
Please let us know if we missed you and you would like us to sing next year, or if you would prefer us not to call.
The Garsdale Red Squirrel Group was launched at the Village Hall in November 2014.
We think we've got rid of most of the greys in the area, but please let us know if you see one. See www.garsdaleredsquirrels.org.uk for details.
Pictures of the July 18th 2014 Village Hall walk are here: >>>>> and of the June 20th walk here: >>>>>
The Parish Council have a website here >>>>
Garsdale has formed a First Responders group. If you are interested, the details are here: >>>>>
further details of what is going on in the Sedbergh area, see the
"Lookaround" available in Sedbergh shops,
The Neighbourhood Forum details can be found here: >>>>>>
Squirrel Sightings: >>>>>>> Map: >>>>> Garsdale words: >>>>>>>
This page will feature the history of various houses in Garsdale.
pictures show Slack Cottage as it was 50 years ago and as it is
now. It was also known as West Slack, Billies, Bilses or Billows.
the late 1600s, John Thistlethwaite lived here.
When he died in 1691, he left his house in trust for
son, Henry, but Henry seems never to have lived here.
William & Isabel Nelson lived here from 1707
to at least 1713
with their children William & Hannah.
William Raw lived
here at least 1738-41, William & Mary Nelson sometime before
1763, then William
Raw’s son John and wife Isabella and children Ann &
William at least from
1779 to 1783. Other
Hannah Raw and her daughter Mary (born 1798, father was
Leonard Harker), Dorothy
Capstick in 1814, George Staveley,
then Robert & Mary Crowney in 1818,
Edmund Winn in 1831, and Thomas & Eleanor
Capstick in 1841. The
property was owned by James Hutchinson
of Slack, then by his daughter, Sarah, who married Revd Matthew
he a descendant of Thomas Parrington?).
James Inman was owner (but not occupier) of Slack
Cottage from 1840
onwards, and it was let to Leonard & Isabella Dodd with
Isabella, Leonard and Sarah. Leonard
senior was a Methodist local preacher from the late 1830s to his death
in 1879. His
gravestone can be found just inside St
John’s church gates (on the right near the wall) with this
features in three works of fiction. It is mentioned by name
in a short
story called "The Death of Grass", written by Samuel Youd under the
pen-name John Christopher in 1956, made into a film in 1970, and
broadcast as a radio play in 2010.
books of short stories written in Garsdale dialect were written by Rev
James Dodd Jackson,
Did you know that Garsdale is mentioned in "Hansard", the official minutes of the House of Commons?
June 20th 2006,
Farron, our local MP, quoted Garsdale as an example of a place from
which it takes too long for
mentions include a
reply by Derek Twigg to
Eric Martlew (Carlisle) about stations which did not have toilets or
disabled access, the minutes of the
Select Committee on Transport about the reopening of the
Hawes Branch Line,
you know that Wensleydale cheese used to be made (almost) in Garsdale
visitors to Garsdale have included William Wordsworth and his sister
Dorothy who stayed at Garsdale Hall, Prince Charles who occasionally
stays with friends near Garsdale Station, Andrew Lloyd Webber who
attended the funeral of William Garnett at Garsdale Church (William's
father wrote "Aspects of Love"), and Dame Mary Peters who is the
granddaughter of Mary, one of "Kits gimmers" (the eight daughters of
Christopher & Jane Metcalf who lived at Nether House until