Dent  West Riding


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

DENT, a small town, a township-chapelry, and a sub-district, in Sedbergh district, W. R. Yorkshire. The town stands on the rivulet Dent, near the boundary with Westmoreland, 7½ miles SE of Sedbergh r. station, and 8½ N of Ingleton; has a post office under Kendal, a church, four dissenting chapels, a workhouse, and a grammar-school; and is a polling-place. ...

Markets are held on Friday; and fairs on the Friday after 13 Feb., 26 Sept., and 28 Oct. The chapelry includes also the hamlets of Deepdale-Kirthwaite, South-Lord-Land, North-Lord-Land, and Lenacre. Acres, 23, 200. Real property, £8, 554. Pop., 1, 427. Houses, 312. The property is much subdivided. Most of the land is commonage or pasture. Dent Crag marks the meeting-point of Yorkshire, Westmoreland, and Lancashire. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Ripon. Value, £170.* Patrons, the Landowners. The church is ancient, and was recently in disrepair. There is a chapel of ease at Cowgill. The grammar school has £36 from endowment; and other charities £47. The sub-district is conterminate with the chapelry.

Dent through time

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

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Dent, in South Lakeland and West Riding | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 27th May 2024

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