the article and data that initiated the Ravenstonedale project
our project page on the Family Tree DNA website
Ravenstonedale is a mainly rural parish located in the old County of Westmorland (now part of Cumbria).
Click on the maps to open larger images - the Westmorland map was created by the geographer Herman Moll in 1724 and the town of Ravenstonedale is shown as 'Russendale', which is how it was often written (and how it was pronounced) (both maps are from the David Rumsey collection)
To discover more about the history of Ravenstonedale, I thoroughly recommend that you read Rev. W Nicholls' 'History and Traditions of Ravenstonedale Westmorland', the original version of volume 1 is available online at archive.org or you can order a copy of the reprinted version from Books Cumbria.
There is also a second volume of this book which is not yet available online (I managed to buy a copy on ebay, where you occasionally find more copies for sale - check it is Volume II with the green cloth cover before buying as they are expensive!)
I will be adding more documents describing life in the dale in the Resource Section.
These images date from the late 19th century - you can find many more on the local Community website
If you have never had the opportunity to visit Ravenstonedale yourself, you can read about our Adamthwaite Reunion in the village back in 2009 and see more of the photos we took on the day. [I must point out that our Adamthwaite descendants only made up a small number of those in the photos - we joined in with a tour organised by the Sedbergh & District History Society]
For those of us not fortunate enough to live in the area, you can read synopses of past talks presented at the Ravenstonedale Parish History Society on their webpage. Many of these talks feature the history of particular old Ravenstonedale families.