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Skelton, Cumberland

Historical Description

Skelton, a township and a parish in Cumberland. The township lies 3 miles from Plumpton station on the L. & N.W.R., and 6¼ NW of Penrith, and has a post and money order office under Penrith; telegraph office, Greystoke. Acreage, 7415; population, 735. There is a parish council consisting of ten members. The parish comprises the villages of Lamonby, Ellonby, Unthank, and Laithes. The manor belongs to the Vane family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Carlisle; net value, £340 with residence. Patron, Corpus Christi College, Oxford. The church was restored in 1879, and consists of chancel, nave, and Western tower. There is an endowed school with £30 a year.

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 parishSkelton St. Mary 
Poor Law unionPenrith 

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 Skelton from the following:

Land and Property

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


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

Villages, Hamlets, &c

Unthank (Skelton)

Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionNorth West
Postal districtCA11
Post TownPenrith