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Bolton, Cumberland

Historical Description

Bolton, an agricultural parish in Cumberland with an area of 8456 acres and a population of 936. There are two small villages in the parish, 2½ miles apart, called respectively Bolton Gate and Bolton Low Houses. At the former there is a post office, and at Mealsgate, 2 miles off, a money order and telegraph office. There is a small coalpit on the western boundary of the parish, unconnected with the railway, which is worked for local supply. The railway station at Mealsgate, on the Maryport and Carlisle line, is about 2 miles distant from both villages. The river Ellen forms the southern boundary of the parish, which is divided into two townships, Bolton High and Bolton Low. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Carlisle; net value, £364 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The church is ancient, in excellent condition and unique. There is a Wesleyan chapel at Bolton Low Houses, and a mission and reading-room in connection with the parish church. George Moore the philanthropist was born in this parish.

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 CountyCumberland 
Ecclesiastical parishBolton All Saints 
Poor Law unionWigton 
WardAllerdale below Derwent 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bolton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Bolton are available from a number of sites:

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Cumberland, 1615 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionNorth West
Postal districtCA16
Post TownAppleby-In-Westmorland