In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Barton like this:
BARTON, a parish in West Ward district, Westmoreland; on the river Eamont, 3½ miles W by S of Clifton r. station, and 4 SW of Penrith. It extends along Ulles water to its head at Patterdale; includes the townships of High Barton, Low Winder, Stockbridge and Tirril, Yanwath and Eamont-Bridge, and the chapelries of Martindale and Patterdale-with-Hartsop; and contains the post offices of Pooley-Bridge and Patterdale under Penrith. ...
Acres, 35,312; of which 1,622 are water. Real property, £19,825. Pop., 1,808. Houses, 345. The property throughout the townships is not much divided; and the greater part of it belonged to the Lancasters, and ha descended from them to the Earl of Lonsdale; while that of the two chapelries is subdivided. The scenery includes many of the most admired features of the Lake country; and will be noticed in our article on Ulleswater, and in other articles. Various minerals are found in the hills; particularly a variety of spars and petrifactions, on Bartonfell. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £170.* Patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The church is a low large building, with a heavy tower between the nave and the chancel; was recently repaired and improved; and contains the tomb of one of the Lancasters, and monumental memorials of several other families. The chapelries of Martindale and Patterdale are separate benefices. A grammar school has an endowed income of £91; and other charities £23. Dr. Langbaine, the historian and antiquary, who died in 1657, was a native.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Barton, in Eden and Westmorland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th April 2017
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