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Melmerby, Cumberland

Historical Description

Melmerby, a village and a parish in Cumberland. The village stands under the Crossfell range of mountains, 3½ miles NE of Langwathby, and 9 NE of Penrith station on the L. & N.W.R. It was formerly a market-town, and has a post office under Langwathby; money order and telegraph office, Langwathby. The parish comprises 5362 acres; population, 191. Melmerby Hall is an ancient and chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Carlisle; net value, £250 with residence. The church is a red freestone edifice, with a tower, was restored in 1849, and contains several ancient monuments. There is an endowed school.

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 parishMelmerby St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionPenrith 

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

Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Melmerby from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionNorth West
Postal districtCA10
Post TownPenrith