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Crosby Ravensworth, Westmorland

Historical Description

Crosby-Ravensworth, a village, a township, and a parish in Westmorland. The township lies on the river Lyvennet, 4 miles ESE of Shap railway station, and 4 N of Orton, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Shap (R.S.O.) The parish includes also the townships of Reagill, Mauld, and Meabum. Acreage, 11,049; population, 745. The manor belonged to the Cospatricks; passed to the Hastingses, the Threlkelds, the Pickerings, and the Lowthers, and has an old moated manor-hall. Maulds-Meaburn was once the seat of the Viteriponts, and Crosby-Gill Park was the seat of Rawlinson the antiquary. Charles II. halted at Crosby-Gill in 1651. Limestone is plentiful, and there are tumuli, an ancient camp, and earthworks. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle; net value, £204 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1814, is in the Early English style, and succeeded one founded in the time of Henry I. by the Cospatricks. Four schools have endowments, and there are other charities. The father of Addison 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 parishCrosby-Ravensworth St. Lawrence 
Poor Law unionWest ward 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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