Wetheral  Cumberland


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

WETHERAL, a village, a township, and a sub-district, in Carlisle district, and a parish partly also in Brampton district, Northumberland. The village stands on the river Eden, adjacent to the Newcastle and Carlisle railway, 4¼ miles ESE of Carlisle; enjoys charming environs; and has a post-office under Carlisle, a r. ...

station, and a public green. The township comprises 4,458 acres. Real property, £6,569. Pop., 666. Houses, 129. The parish includes 5 other townships, and comprises 11,778 acres. Pop. in 1851, 3,165; in 1861, 3,377. Houses, 723. The property is subdivided. Corby Castle, originally a castellated edifice, but now modernised with a new Grecian front, is the seat of the Howards. A Benedictine priory, a cell to St. Mary's of York, was founded a little S of W. village in 1088, by Ranulph de Meschines; was given, at the dissolution, to the Dean and Chapter of Carlisle; and is now represented by a later English gateway, surmounted by an embattled tower. A railway viaduct, of 5 arches, with roadway 90 feet above the surface of the water, and another bridge of 7 arches, and 480 feet in length, cross the Eden. Delightful walks lie along the river, above the village: and lead to three caves called Wetheral Safeguards, cut deeply in a precipice 40 feet above the water. A summer-house, called the Folly, stands on a high site, a little further up the river; and commands a superb view. Red free-stone and alabaster are worked. The living is a rectory, united with Warwick, in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £300.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter ofThe church is chiefly later English or Tudor, with a modern tower. The vicarages of Scotby and Holme-Eden are separate benefices. There are endowed schools with £33 a year.—The sub-district excludes Little Corby township, but includes two other parishes. Acres, 16,861. Pop., 3,886. Houses, 814.

Wetheral through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 19th July 2024

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