The home of the Swaledale & Arkengarthdale Local History Group

Breaking news

Our next meeting will be Thursday 28th March 2019, 4.15pm, Buck Hotel, Reeth. Notes of the October meeting may be downloaded here Local History Group Meeting 4th October 2018

The 1927 ‘Dictionary of Occupational Terms’ is online at  – with an index and a Google custom search. Which industry employed ‘back end girls’ ?!

Hugh Toller’s paper on the Roman Rd from Bainbridge to Barnard Castle across Swaledale is here  ; a tribute to a man who made a great contribution to our understanding of Roman roads, amongst other things, but died recently.

Healaugh & Muker Manor Books A-H covering 1686-1786 transcribed by Tim Bagenal and members of the Local History Group now online at

‘Tales from the Reeth Workhouse’ is downloadable from the blog.

The Swaledale Big Dig final report is available to download  here  ; it is around 23Mb. The Big Dig was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Dr Erik Grigg’s PhD thesis on the identification and classification of Early Medieval Dykes may be downloaded here