In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described St Bees like this:
St Bees, coast town, par., and township with ry. sta., Cumberland - par. (containing Whitehaven), 70,385 ac. (2048 water), pop. 25,936; town and township, 4 miles S. of Whitehaven, 1848 ac., pop. 1142; P.O, T.O. The church of St Bees belonged to a Benedictine abbey of time of Henry I., which succeeded a Culdee nunnery of 7th century destroyed by the Danes. St Bees College, established by Bishop Law in 1816, is for the theological training of young men desirous of entering the ministry of the Church of England and not going to Oxford or Cambridge. On St Bees Head, 2½ miles NW. of the town, is a lighthouse, with fixed light (St Bees) 336 ft. above high water and seen 25 miles.
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 St Bees has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Copeland. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering St Bees and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of St Bees, in Copeland and Cumberland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 11th December 2013
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