Lakeland Dialect Society

Founded in 1939

Welcome to the Lakeland Dialect Society

Hows thu'all deun?

Rather thun a Merrie Neet wuz got a Merry Mwornin fur th'all ower ut Threlkeld. If thu wants to ken mer aboot it hev a crack wid Eddie ont'Fyacebeuk.

If thu'minds its ower lang till 15th, und thowts of cyak is mekking thu scrant, divvent mislikken thut we hev a Recipes pyage. Az allus ont'deek oot fur recipes tu hev a ga at. Mebbe thu cud sen us yan ovver be email eh? If ah dussent kissen it ah'll put it up wid t'others.

We hed oor AGM ont'4th May ower ut' Lowther Parish Hall. Yance minutes ur written up ah'll pyost ont'News pyage. Thers lots garn on wid fowk tekkin' on noo rolls int'Society. If thu fancies hevving a gar the'sell, cum und hev a crack wid us at yan oft'meets.

Noo its gitting a laal bit wermer, az sure the thowts 'ul turn to gitting back oot und aboot. Az got a tyale call'd Joe and the Landlord on the Featured pyage fur the.

If the is oot und aboot mind the, 'Divvent cast a cloot until Myay is oot.'

What We Do


Featured - 10th May 2024

A tyale aboot mekking sur thu gits ther brossenful (or hafe croon wooth) wen thu hast t'hev fud ont'rooad.

Oor biennial Kirk service is ower at Crosby Ravensworth, so ah'thowt it wud be uh gud tu hear Ted Relph using oor mek ov tark.

News - 10th May 2024

There is a holding section for the minutes of our AGM.

Diary - 3rd January 2024

After Threlkeld our next meeting is our Bienniel Church Service on the 16th June.

All this years meetings are on the Diary page.

Recipes - 12th April 2024

We've updated with the Easter Ledge Pudding.

When I update the website I'll put a note out @Workytown on Chunter (Twitter / X). Next update is due for the 30th May.

How We Began

Formed in 1939, the Lakeland Dialect Society came about out of a series of "Merry Neets", entertaining get-togethers at which  town and country folk talk, sing and recite poetry, in the dialect of the Lakeland region: Cumberland, Westmorland and the Furness district of Lancashire, now all in the modern county of Cumbria in the English Lake District.

The first Lakeland Dialect Society committee met at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle on June 10, 1939.

Members agreed that the aims of the society would be to preserve and celebrate the ancient speech of the region.

Promoting, preserving and celebrating the dialect of Lakeland

From the outset the Society was dedicated to the academic study of the Cumbrian dialects and to fostering the dialect speech and writing.

The constitution states: The objects of the Society shall be to encourage interest in the writing of Dialect Verse, Prose and Drama; to stimulate the publication of Dialect Literature and the production of Dialect Plays; to study the origins and history of Dialect, Folk-lore, Folk Songs and Local Customs and Traditions. The Society shall endeavour to bring together lovers of dialect so as to develop interest therein. If possible it shall make tape recordings of the various dialects within the area. These remain our aims today.

Despite difficulties in the years following 1939, the Society got established and flourished. Membership is currently around 250. Members live not only in the Lake District but also throughout the UK, and the rest of the World—all united in a love of “oor mak o’ twoak”!

The Society meets at roughly quarterly intervals, on Saturday afternoons at venues throughout Cumbria. Prospective members or casual visitors are always warmly welcomed, and a good “crack” is always guaranteed! A church service conducted in dialect is held biennially and there are occasional public performances. A Journal, published annually, is free to all members.

To join, contact a member of the society at the email address below, or telephone.

What is the Lakeland Dialect Society?

I'll tell the'

We're nut stuck up er prood i't mooth

Fer t'main on us was bred in't fells,

We're nobbut wiet, yammly, fwoak

Off t'seeam switch as yersels.

An' like yersels, we clag tight tull

0't bits o'country ways an' looar;

We like ta hod a crack aboot

T'auld dale-fwoak' at hev gone afooar.

Mi fadder, (an' nea doot he's reet),

Sez t's main o't' fell fwoak er o't seame

They "Hawk tagidder" on a drag,

Till Foxy's brush is hung on t'beame.

He sez 'at t' interest (like t' auld Fox)

Is rousan 'noo fer thee an' me,

Soo join, yersels, an git yer kin

Ta join oor own Society.

From The Works of Lance Porter - Lakeland Treasury

Compiled and edited by Ted Relph and Published by the Society

See if ye can git alang tae yan uv oor meetens

​Have a look at our latest programme - we'll be meeting around the county from March until November and we'd love to see you there for some discussion and enjoyment of dialect and our rich heritage.

Secretary: Mrs Jean Scott-Smith, Gale View, Main Street, Shap, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 3NH. Phone: 01931 716386


Journal Editor: Mrs Louise Green, Overdale, Ireby, Wigton, Cumbria CA7 1EQ. Phone: 01697371710


Website: Phillip Gate