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Casterton, Westmorland

Historical Description

Casterton, a township and ecclesiastical parish in Kirkby-Lonsdale parish, Westmoreland, on the river Lune, adjacent to the Ingleton branch of the N.W.R., 1½ mile NE of Kirkby-Lonsdale, under which there is a post and money order office. Acreage, 4324; population, 442. Casterton Hall, now the property of the Earl of Bective, was formerly the seat of the Carus-Wilsons. The scenery is so fine as to have been called " the pride of Lonsdale." Coal and limestone are found. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle; net value, about £260 with residence. The church was built in 1833, and has a tower. It was restored in 1891. The school established by the Rev. W. Carus-Wilson for the daughters of clergymen, is widely known. Charlotte Bronte was one of the pupils.

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 
Civil parishKirkby Lonsdale 
Poor Law unionKendal 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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