Langdale through a lens - one family's love of the valley captured on film.

Historic image of Langdale valley

George first began holidaying in Langdale in 1905 and the next 50 years would see him fall completely in love with the valley. We have been granted unique temporary access to the family’s photo archives, which include their early holidays in the valley. This year we’re sharing photos from the collection so you can see the amazing stark contrasts between some of our favourite activities then and now. Can you imagine climbing a fell in a full length tweed skirt?

Who was George Macauley Trevelyan?

George Macaulay Trevelyan was born in 1876 in Stratford-upon-Avon, into a well-connected and affluent family. The family seat of Wallington was over in Northumberland but they often came to the Lakes for their summer holidays to walk, climb, relax in the outdoors and spend time together.

In later life he became one of the most influential and widely read historians of his generation. 

He was also a passionate believer in the restorative powers of nature and used his influence and status as one of the leading academics of his time, to be an advocate for the public’s right to access green spaces.

‘after a day's walk, everything has twice its usual value’

The photos

Imagine life 100 years ago; you’re wearing a long tweed skirt, white blouse and bonnet hat, or a tweed suit and flat cap ready for a walk on the fells. The stark contrasts between then and now are evident – though the similarities of the activities that the Trevelyan family enjoyed are so similar to what we do today.  

Come see our unique collection of photos and get a glimpse into what life was like for the Trevellyan family all those years ago.