David Boulton

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DAVID  BOULTON        Author  -  Writer  -  Broadcaster




Adam Sedgwick’s Dent

R G Hollett, Sedbergh, 1984

Facsimile reprint, with Introduction by David Boulton, of the pioneer  geologist Adam Sedgwick’s two classic works on the history of  Dentdale, Yorkshire: A Memorial by the Trustees of Cowgill Chapel  (1868) and Supplement to the Memorial (1870).
Scarce. A few copies still available.



Early Friends in Dent

Dales Historical Monographs, 1986

See entry under ‘Publications on religious and humanist themes’


Discovering Dent and Lower Dentdale and Discovering Upper Dentdale

Dales Historical Monographs, 1985 with several reprints


These two “guides to historic mill sites, churches, meeting-houses, inns and farmhouses” of the dale have sold 18,000 copies but are now out of print.





Hope On, Hope Ever!

Introduction by David Boulton

Dales Historical Monographs, 1988


Reprint of the classic romance of 19th century dales life by Mary Howitt (1840), based on the families and farms of Dentdale. Illustrations include a dust-cover reproduction of William Westall’s watercolour of Dent’s Town seen from the river (1830).


The standard version of this edition is now out of print. A few copies of a limited Special Edition in half-leather binding are still available.


A Thousand Ages: The Story of the Church in Dentdale

Dales Historical Monographs, 1995, for St Andrew’s Church, Dent

A brief history of the parish churches of Dent and Cowgill and the dale's Methodist, Independent and Quaker communities, from the sixth to the twentieth century. Available from St Andrew’s church bookstall or local shops.


Dent Grammar School: The first 400 years


Dales Historical Monographs for the Dent Grammar School Educational Foundation, 1997, revised edition 2004.


Brief illustrated history of the Free Grammar School of King James, Dent, founded in  1604. Available from local shops.




In Fox’s Footsteps

Dales Historical Monographs, 1998

See entry under ‘Publications on religious and humanist themes’