Irton, Santon, and Melthwaite, Cumberland
Irton, Santon, and Melthwaite, a township and a parish in Cumberland. The township lies on the river Irt, 3 miles ENE of Drigg, and 3½ S from Wastwater, and has a station at Irton Road on the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Holm Rook. The parish includes the hamlets of Holm Rook and Hall Santon. Acreage, 6180, of which 53 are water; population, 524. The manor has belonged since before the Conquest to the Irton family. Irton Hall is an ancient mansion with a square tower, and stands on an eminence commanding a fine view. Much of the land is hilly, and part is mountainous. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle; net value, £176 with residence. The church is a modern edifice on the site of an ancient one, has an embattled tower, and contains a carved oak pulpit, monuments to the Irton family, and a monument to Vice-Admiral Hodgson. An ancient stone cross about 10 feet high is in the churchyard. There is a Wesleyan chapel at Santon Bridge.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Irton St. Paul|
|Poor Law union||Bootle|
|Ward||Allerdale above Derwent|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Irton, Santon, and Melthwaite from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Irton (St. Paul))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Cumberland is available to browse.
Online maps of Irton, Santon, and Melthwaite are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
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- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Villages, Hamlets, &cMelthwaite
The Visitation of Cumberland, 1615 is available on the Heraldry page.