Dent in 2003
Dent shown within Cumbria
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Dent is a village and civil parish 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 Kirkby Lonsdale.
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.
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.
The village today
Dent was the original site of the Dent Folk Festival and is now the site of the Dent Music and Beer Festival at the end of June. The first event was held in 2009 and was hailed as a great success.
The parish of Dent includes the whole of Dentdale and the side valley of Deepdale. In addition to the village of Dent settlements in the parish includes the hamlets of Lenacre, Gawthrop, Cowgill and Stone House.
- Hedevind, Bertil (1967) The Dialect of Dentdale in the West Riding of Yorkshire (Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis)
- Hodgson, Geoffrey M. (2008) Hodgson Saga, second edition (Standon, Hertfordshire: Martlet Books).
- Roads and Trackways of the Yorkshire Dales, Geoffrey N. Wright, ISBN 0-86190-410-9
- Dent Brewery website
- Dent Music and Beer Festival website
- Accommodation on the Dales Way
- Dentdale community website
- Cumbria County History Trust: Dent (nb: provisional research only – see Talk page)
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