Place:Dent, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

Coordinates54.276°N 2.452°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inCumbria, England     (1974 - )
Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
See alsoSedbergh Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Dent is a village and civil parish located since 1974 in Cumbria, England. It lies in Dentdale, a narrow valley on the western slopes of the Pennines within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is about 4 miles (6 km) south east of Sedbergh and about 8 miles (13 km) north east of Kirby Lonsdale.


the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Dent was historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Both place name and dialect evidence indicate that this area was settled by the Norse in the 10th century. Geoffrey Hodgson, in 2008, argued that this invasion accounts for the high frequency of the Hodgson surname in the area.

Dent was the birthplace of the geologist Adam Sedgwick in 1785.

Dentdale was one of the last Yorkshire Dales to be enclosed, Dent's Enclosure Award being made in 1859.

Whilst fishing on the Dee at Dentdale in the 1840s, William Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong saw a waterwheel in action, supplying power to a marble quarry. It struck Armstrong that much of the available power was being wasted and it inspired him to design a successful hydraulic engine which began the accumulation of his wealth and industrial empire.

Research Tips

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original content was at Dent, Cumbria. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with WeRelate, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.