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Distington, Cumberland

Historical Description

Distington, a village and a parish in Cumberland. The village stands near the coast, 4¼ miles from Whitehaven, with a, station on the Cleator and Workington Junction railway, and a head post office (R.S.O.) The parish comprises 3 acres; population, 1819. Hayes Castle, now a ruin at the southern extremity of the village, was the seat of the Morcsbys. Coal is worked, and many of the inhabitants find employment in the ironworks. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Carlisle; net value, £400 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The church was rebuilt in 1885, and contains fine stained glass windows. There are Wesleyan, Presbyterian, and Primitive Methodist chapels.

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 
Poor Law unionWhitehaven 
WardAllerdale above Derwent 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionNorth West
Postal districtCA14
Post TownWorkington