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Barton, Westmorland

Historical Description

Barton, an ecclesiastical parish in Westmoreland, on the river Eamont, 3½ miles W by S of Clifton railway station, and 4 SW of Penrith. It extends along Ullswater to its head at Patterdale; includes the townships of High Barton, Low Winder, Sockbridge and Tirril, Yanwath and Eamont - Bridge, and the chapelries of Martindale and Patterdale- with -Hartsop, and contains the post, money order, and telegraph offices of Pooley-Bridge and Patterdale under Penrith. Population, 812. The greater part of the township belonged to the Lancasters, and has descended from them to the Earl of Lonsdale. The scenery includes many of the most admired features of the Lake country, and will be noticed in our article on ULLSWATER, and in oilier articles. Various gems and minerals are found in the liills, particularly a variety of spars and petrifactions on Barton Fell. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle; net value, £178 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The church is a low large building, with a heavy tower between the nave and the chancel, and contains thc tomb of one of the Lancasters, and monumental memorials of several other families. The chapelries of Martindale and Patterdale are separate benefices. There is a grammar school here. Dr Langbaine, the historian and antiquary, who died in 1657, was a native.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyWestmorland 
Ecclesiastical parishBarton St. Michael 
Poor Law unionWest ward 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Barton from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Westmorland is available to browse.