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Rockcliff, Cumberland

Historical Description

Rockcliff, a village and a parish in Cumberland. The village stands on the river Eden, 1½ mile W of the Caledonian railway, and 4½ miles NW by N of Carlisle, and has a station on the railway and a post office under Carlisle; money order office, Stanwix; telegraph office, Carlisle. The parish ia divided into the townships of Churchtown Quarter and Castletown Quarter, extends to the river Esk and Solway Frith, and comprises 4938 acres of land and 4603 of water and foreshore; population, 659. The manor belonged anciently to the Ratcliffes, passed to the Dacres and the Strongs, and belongs now to the Earl of Lonsdale. Rockcliff Hall and Castletown House are chief residences. Remains exist of an old castle of the Dacres. A mineral spring near the Eden throws up a scum which tinges paper with a beautiful gold colour. The ecclesiastical parish includes the village of Cargo, in Stanwix parish. Population, 742. The living is a vicarage, with Cargo annexed, in the diocese of Carlisle; net value, £274 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Carlisle. The church was rebuilt in 1849, is in the Decorated style, and has a tower and spire. A reading-room was built in 1882 and is supported by subscriptions.

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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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Visitations Heraldic

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