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Bowscale, Cumberland

Historical Description

Bowscale, a township in Greystoke parish, Cumberland, on the river Caldew, under Souter Fell, 9 miles NE of Keswick. Acreage, 1262; population, 23. Part of the surface is mountainous, and bears the name of Bowscale Fell. An elevated lakelet here, called Bowscale Tarn, is fabled to contain two immortal fish, and Wordsworth, in his " Feast of Brougham Castle" represents these as waiting on the " shepherd " Lord Clifford. " Both the undying fish that swim In Bowscale tarn did wait on him; The pair were servants of his eye In their immortality."

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 
Civil parishGreystock 
Poor Law unionPenrith 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bowscale from the following:

Land and Property

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