Ravenstonedale  Westmorland


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

RAVENSTONEDALE, a village and a parish in East Ward district, Westmoreland. The village stands on ahead stream of the river Eden, 1¾ mile S E of Newbiggen r. station, and 4¾ S W of Kirkby-Stephen; and has a post-office under Penrith, a weekly market on Thursday, and fairs on the Thursday after Whitsunday, the Wednesday before the second Thursday of March, the Wednesday before the second Sunday of April, and 29 Aug. ...

The parish is divided into the quarters of Town, Newbiggen, Fellend, and Bowderdale. Acres, 18, 450. Real property, £7, 371. Pop. in 1851, 939; in 1861, 1, 264. Houses, 247. The increase of pop. Arose from the temporary presence of labourers on railway works. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged to Watton nunnery, and passed to the Whartons and the Lowthers. The surface includes much mountain, called R. fells; and contains sources of the rivers Eden and Lune. Tumuli are at Rasate; a Druidical circle, near Rotherbridge; and "a holy well, " and formerly a chapelat Newbiggen. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £110.* Patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The church was rebuilt in 1744. There are chapels for Independents, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists, an endowed grammar school with £42 a year, and charities £22.

Ravenstonedale through time

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

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ravenstonedale, in Eden and Westmorland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 19th June 2024

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