Local History – Windermere

Several years ago I did an MA in Local History at the University of Leicester, and won a prize for my dissertation as the best in my year. It was entitled ‘The Transformation of a Yeoman Society: Windermere 1640-1841’, and it looked at the history of the yeoman families and their tenements in Bowness and Windermere. I always intended to turn it into a paper for a northern history journal, or  a book, but life events intervened and it never got done.  Recently, I decided to come back to it, because although I’m out of touch with developments in the academic field, it still contains a lot which is of interest to local historians, including a list of the inhabitants of Windermere in 1675 and where they lived. It has just been published, and to find out more visit my page ‘The Disappearing Yeoman.’

The  queries I’ve had since publishing it have led to one very positive development. I thought I’d lost my paper database of the inhabitants of Windermere (not just owners of tenements, but names with information about parents, children and anything else I discovered about them) during a house move, but I’ve now found this list of hundreds of people on my computer, so I’m adding it to my genealogy page, where you can also download other records about Windermere. You can also read about my family history  and find out the facts behind the well-known story of Robin the Devil.  Please note everything on this website is copyright.