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Stanwix, Cumberland

Historical Description

Stanwix, a village, a township, and a parish in Cumberland. It is a populous suburb of Carlisle, stands on the Roman Wall and on the river Eden, close to the bridge communicating with Carlisle, occupies the site of the Roman station Congavata, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office (T.S.O.) under Carlisle. The civil parish comprises the townships of Linstock, Etterby, Stainton, Rickerby, Tarraby, and Houghton. Acreage, 6493 of land and 184 of water and tidal water; population of township, 3181; of ecclesiastical parish, 2357. There is a parish council consisting of fifteen members. The Duke of Devonshire is lord of the manor. There are large nursery gardens. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle; gross value, £299 with residence. Patron, the Bishop. The church was rebuilt in 1841, and was partly destroyed by fire, but restored in, 1843. It was again thoroughly restored in 1892; is a cruciform building in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, transepts, and tower. The parish of Houghton is a separate benefice. There are a home for friendless-girls, founded in 1871, a convent, opened in 1892, and a cemetery of six acres, formed in 1887.

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 parishStanwix St. Michael 
Poor Law unionCarlisle 

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 Stanwix from the following:

Land and Property

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


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

Villages, Hamlets, &c

Stainton (Stanwix)

Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionNorth West
Postal districtCA3
Post TownCarlisle