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Location and History of the Leven Valley
The Leven Valley can be found halfway between Kendal and Barrow in Furness and is accessed via the A590 at Junction 36 of the M6. The valley was formed during and after the last ice age and takes its name from the River Leven which flows out of the south end of Windermere, England’s biggest lake. On its relatively short journey from Windermere to the sea, the river Leven passes through a number of villages before it enters Morecambe Bay at Greenodd. Over the years the river has been a source of power for numerous industries in the valley.
Since the valley was first inhabited by prehistoric man the river Leven has powered or served many forms of industry including early Farming, Cotton mills, Iron Bloomeries and Iron Mills, Gunpowder Manufacturing, Ultramarine Blue manufacturing and of course Forestry and Agriculture.
The Leven Valley, Picturesque and industrious!
Whilst still providing power in the 21st Century, the river Leven is now largely used for leisure pursuits than anything else, though having said this, the Leven Valley is certainly not a sleepy hollow, far from it.
The industries which operate from the Leven Valley may have changed from the old and dirty, traditionally heavy industrial sectors to cleaner and quieter forms of wealth generation and it is still a lively corner of England’s Lake District, though sadly not on the itinerary of many tourists.
Today’s industrial sectors no longer create as much of a dramatic footprint on the local landscape as did the old traditional businesses. Gone are the black and grimy clouds with their associated noises to be replaced by creative industries and clean manufacturing in sectors like High Technology, Technology, Artisans & Crafts, Leisure and Hospitality, Agriculture and Horticulture to name but a few.
Within this website you will find many historical facts and anecdotes about the area we live and work in. Such as early Iron Making, early Gunpowder Manufacturing, Ultramarine Blue manufacture, and the mystery of the Finsthwaite Princess.
We hope you enjoy the information and that you visit our area for its naturally beauty much of the local flora tends to hide from view the vibrant villages which make up the Leven Valley communities.
N.B. This new website is under development and a number of pages may not yet be in place, we would ask your indulgence while we bring all its pages back to life one by one over the coming months.