Crosthwaite  Cumberland


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Crosthwaite like this:

CROSTHWAITE, a parish in Cockermouth district, Cumberland; in the basin of the Derwent river, and on the Cockermouth and Penrith railway, round Keswick. It measures about 10 miles by 10; and contains the townships of Keswick, Underskiddaw, Borrowdale, Braithwaite, Thornthwaite, Coledale or Portingscale, and St. ...

John-Castlerigg and Wythburn, and the chapelry of Newlands. Post town, Keswick, under Windermere. Acres, inclusive of Greta-Mills and Briery-Cottages, 58, 330. Real property, £25, 977; of which £870 are in mines, and £97 in quarries. Pop., 5, 070. Houses, 1, 072. The property is much subdivided. The surface includes Derwent-water, Thirlmere, and part of Bassenthwaite-water, with the richly picturesque vales and mountains around them; and forms a prominent part, in at once size, variety, and richness, of the Lake country. Copper and read ores, with plumbago, are found. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £430.* Patron, the Bishop of Carlisle. The old church stands ¾ of a mile N of Keswick; is an ancient edifice, with centre and side aisles; and has a hexagonal figured font, a brass of Sir John Ratcliffe, the ancestor of the Earls of Derwent-water, and a monument and white marble statue of the poet Southey. The new church, built a few years ago, at a cost of about £4, 000, is a Gothic structure, with tower and spire. The chapelries of Keswick, Grange, Borrowdale, St. Johns-in-the-Vale, Wythburn, Thornthwaite, and Newlands are separate benefices. A grammar school has £99 from endowment; and other charities £356. See Keswick.

Crosthwaite through time

Crosthwaite is now part of Allerdale district. Click here for graphs and data of how Allerdale has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Crosthwaite itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Crosthwaite, in Allerdale and Cumberland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 17th September 2019

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