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 Garsdale Foot to Mount Zion Chapel is just Garsdale.
Memories of Garsdale
This website has been established to celebrate the valley of Garsdale.
events will be advertised here (free), as will local businesses and
in the next few weeks:
The last of the Harvest Festivals is at Low Smithy at 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 5th
when the preacher will be William Masheter of Roeburndale. There will be tea between services.
On Monday, October 6th there will be a sale of produce, preveded by a programme given by Desmond Robinson & Friends of Roeburndale.
You are invited to the launch of the Garsdale Red Squirrel Group at the Village Hall at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 17th.
There will be presentations from Westmorland Red Squirrel Society,The Bird Bistro, and Red Squirrels Northern England.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Pictures of the July 18th Village Hall walk are here: >>>>> and of the June 20th walk here: >>>>>
There seems to have been a recent influx of grey squirrels up the dale. Please protect the reds by letting us know whenever you see a grey.
If you have a grey squirrel visiting regularly, we can arrange for someone to deal with it. Please let us know.
The contract has been signed for the Fibre GarDen
(Digital Dales) true superfast broadband project. Work will begin soon.
The Parish Council have a website here >>>>
Garsdale is forming 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