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Drigg, Cumberland

Historical Description

Drigg, a township and a parish in Cumberland. The township lies on the river Irt, and on the Whitehaven and Furness railway. It is bounded on the west by the Irish Sea, having 5 miles of littoral, and on the north, east, and south it adjoins the parishes of Gosforth, Irton, and Mun-caster. The station (Drigg) is about halfway between Sea-scale and Ravenglass. Post town, Ravenglass, under Carn-forth. Acreage, 3982; population, 579. The parish includes half of Seascale, but is divided by the river Mite from Raven-glass. The air is salubrious, and the average yearly rainfall only 40 inches. The land is chiefly sandy, but is noted for the produce of potatoes. The sandhills form a favourite meeting-place for tens of thousands of the black-headed seagulls and varieties of tern. Vitrified vertical tubes, from 1 to 1¼ inch in diameter, down to a depth of 30 feet, supposed to be an effect of lightning, have been found in a mound of drifted sand -and gravel 40 feet high. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle; net value, £189. The church is good, and there are various charities.

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 parishDregg St. Peter 
Poor Law unionBootle 
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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Villages, Hamlets, &c

Carleton (Drigg)

Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionNorth West
Postal districtCA19
Post TownHolmrook