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Ann Rowbotham

The Village Society is able to pursue its goals because of a generous bequest which was made by local resident Ann Rowbotham.  Ann was born on 13 May 1916 and was the only child of Margaret H. (nee Wrench) and Basil Rowbotham, a bank manager in Southport,  who lived at Laburnum Cottage, Barn Garth.  Ann spent most of her working life as  PA at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  She never married and retired in the area, living in Charney Road, Grange where she looked after her mother while holding part time positions at Holker and the Netherwood hotel.  Ann died on the 2nd of December 2008 and is buried in the Cartmel cemetery in the same plot as her parents.  Apart from the CVS, Ann left bequests to the Cartmel Priory and the National Trust.

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Membership of the Village Society is free and we always welcome new members. By joining you will have the opportunity to participate in our activities while also receiving updates on matters of local interest. Simply email us at or call a member of the committee.

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In addition to the digital history project, the Village Society also supports a number of other good local causes including the Township Initiative, the Primary and Priory Schools, Cartmel in Bloom, and Cartmel AFC. Planning applications are monitored and the opinions of members canvassed in potentially sensitive cases.

Forthcoming events:

Annual Lecture, 15th November 2019 at 19.00, Cartmel Village Hall Click here for more information

Annual General Meeting, 22nd November 2019 at 19.00, The Priory Hotel, Cartmel

‘Christmas in Cartmel’ , 29th November 2019 festivities commence at 17.00 , Cartmel


Cartmel Priory was founded


Race days at Cartmel Racecourse


Cumbria in Bloom awards


Independent businesses

Cartmel Related News

Tell us about your Red Nose Day events and send us your photographs

Ir's Red Nose Day today - when individuals, groups and businesses do the funniest things to raise vital funds to help those less fortunate than themselves as part of Comic Relief.

24th March 2017

Yellow lines plan divides South Lakeland village

VILLAGERS are divided over 'draconian' proposals to cover Cartmel with double yellow lines to combat 'irresponsible' parking.

27th January 2017

Send us your old photographs depicting life in the area in years gone by

PHOTOGRAPHS from the past can often evoke a rosy glow of nostalgia.

25th January 2017