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Martindale, Westmorland

Historical Description

Martindale, a civil and an ecclesiastical parish in Westmorland, on the E side of Ulleswater, 8½ miles SW by S of Clifton, and 10 SSW of Penrith station on the L. & N.W.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Penrith. Acreage, 8024, of which 540 are water; population, 141. Part of the land is common, and much is moor and mountain. The main portion is a fine valley, Martindale proper, traversed by a streamlet 4½ miles northward from Kidsty Pike to Ulleswater, at the W base of Hallin Fell; and this has a bare appearance, but contains a few scattered houses shaded by sycamores. Bed deer are still to be found in Martindale Forest, and are occasionally shot by the lord of the manor. A summit-point on its W flank, reached by a green footpath, commands a fine view over the lower reaches of Ulleswater, past Penrith, away to the Cross Fell Mountains. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle; net value, £94 with residence. The old church is a low-roofed ancient edifice, with a bell-gable, was restored in 1833, and is now used for a cemetery. A new church was built in 1871; it is a fine building, and the woodwork is beautifully carved.

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 parishBarton 
Poor Law unionWest ward 

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.