St Bees  Cumberland


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.

St Bees through time

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

How to reference this page:

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: 19th September 2021

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