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Gosforth, Cumberland

Historical Description

Gosforth, a village and a parish in Cumberland. The village stands 3 miles ENE of Seascale railway station, and 6½ SE by S of Egremont, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office (S.O.) The parish includes also the townships of Seaside, Bolton, and Boon Wood. Acreage, 8257; population, 1327. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Carlisle; net value, £195 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The church shows Norman features, and is neat and small. A tall cross, supposed to be Scandinavian, sculptured all over with curious devices, stands in the churchyard. There is a bank, and fairs are held in April, August, and October.

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 parishGosforth St. Mary 
Poor Law unionWhitehaven 
WardAllerdale above Derwent 

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

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Gosforth from the following:

Land and Property

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


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

Villages, Hamlets, &c

Bolton in Copeland
Boon Wood

Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionNorth West
Postal districtCA20
Post TownSeascale