Ulverston is a very welcoming place for newcomers, or “offcomers” as Ulverstonians put it. Most locals speak in standard English, without a strong accent or dialect. If you’re new to the area, you shouldn’t need a translator. However, there are a few words and phrases that you might not recognise, as listed below. Please let us know if you come across any more.
* Since about 1985, most local Ulverstonians have been born at Furness General Hospital in Barrow-in-Furness.
If you’re interested in learning more about traditional words and phrases, we recommend “The Cumbrian Dictionary of Dialect, Tradition and Folklore”, by William Rollinson, which contains over 2,000 entries. Published by Smith Settle Ltd, 1997. ISBN 1-85825-066-8 (paperback) or 1-85825-067-6 (hardback).