In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Lonsdale like this:
LUNE (THE), a river of Westmoreland and Lancashire. It rises near Ravenstonedale in Westmoreland; runs southward, past Tebay, Howgill, Kirkby-Lonsdale, and Tunstall, to Hornby; proceeds southwestward, past Caton and Lancaster, to the Irish sea, 6 miles SW of Lancaster; has a total course of about 45 miles; is navigable from the sea to Lancaster; and has excellent salmon-fishing. Its valley, from end to end, is picturesque; and presents a rich variety of scenery, at first mountainously grand, afterwards openly beautiful. Fixed lights, for guiding the entrance of its navigation, stand on Cockerham promontory and Plover Scar rock; were put up in 1847; and are at heights of respectively 54 and 20 feet.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Lonsdale has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Lancaster. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Lonsdale and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lonsdale, in Lancaster and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th May 2013
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