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Orton, Cumberland

Historical Description

Orton, a village and a parish in Cumberland. The village stands 3¼ miles N of Curthwaite station on the Maryport and Carlisle railway, and 5 W by S of Carlisle. It is called Great Orton, has a hamlet called by distinction Little Orton, is an ancient place of quaint appearance, and was in the old times surrounded by a bank and ditch which included the intake land (on the ancient three-field system). It has a post office, of the name of Great Orton, under Carlisle; money order and telegraph office, Burgh-by-Sands. The parish contains also Baldwinholme. Acreage, 4287; population, 477. There is a parish council of eight members. The manor and advowson belong to the Briscoe family. An eminence, called Parson's Thorn, commands an extensive view of Cumberland and part of Scotland. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Carlisle; net value, £322 with residence. The church stands on an eminence, and is a Norman structure in good condition, consisting of chancel, nave, and western bell-cot. It was thoroughly restored in 1886.

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 unionCarlisle 

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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


Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionNorth West
Postal districtCA10
Post TownPenrith