Aspatria  Cumberland


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

ASPATRIA, a small town and a township in the district of Wigton, and a parish in the districts of Wigton and Cockermouth, Cumberland. The town stands on the right side of the river Ellen, adjacent to the Carlisle and Maryport railway, 7¾ miles NE of Maryport. It has a station on the railway, a post office‡ under Carlisle, and a weekly market on Thursday; and is a polling-place. ...

Its site is the side of a hill; and its appearance that of a long straggling village. Its name is a corruption of Aspatrick or Cospatrick; and was derived from one of the Cospatricks, Earls of Dunbar.-The township bears the name of Aspatria and Brayton. Acres, 4,511. Real property, £13,551,-of which £7,598 are in mines. Pop., 1,210. Houses, 254. The parish includes also the townships of Hayton and Mealo, and Oughterside and Allerby. Acres, 9,048; of which 438 are water. Real property, £25,368,-of which £12,570 are in mines. Pop., 2,305. Houses, 475. The property is much subdivided. The surface is hilly. Coal and red sandstone are worked. A human skeleton, 7 feet long, supposed to have been that of some great chief, buried about the 2nd century, together with a broad sword 5 feet long, and some fine ornaments of a warrior, was found, in 1790, beneath a barrow on Beacon hill, an eminence about 200 yards N of the town. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £249.* Patron, the Bishop of Carlisle. The church was rebuilt in 1848. Hayton was made a separate charge in 1867, and is a rectory. There are an Independent chapel, and charities £10.

Aspatria through time

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

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Aspatria, in Allerdale and Cumberland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 19th September 2021

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