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Kentmere, Westmorland

Historical Description

Kentmere, a village, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Kendal parish, Westmorland, on the river Kent, 4 miles N by W of Staveley station on the L. & N.W.R., and 8½ NNW of Kendal. Post town, Kendal; money order and telegraph office, Staveley. Acreage, 6613, of which 66 are water; population, 172. The surface is a glen, commencing in a mountain pass, flanked on the W by the High Street range of mountain, on the E by a lower and moorish mountain ridge, and gradually widening and softening into vale. A marshy lake, about a mile long, called Kentmere tarn, formerly lay in its bottom, surrounded by swamps, and frequented by wild ducks, but this has been drained and made arable. A reservoir on the hillside regulates the supply of water-power to mills at Kendal. An ancient tower here, four storeys high, and now a farmhouse, was the birthplace of Bernard Gilpin, the " Apostle of the North." The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle; net value, £162 with residence. Patron, the Vicar of Kendal. The church is ancient, and was restored in 1866 and the tower rebuilt.

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 parishKendal 
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.