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Torpenhow, Cumberland

Historical Description

Torpenhow, a village, a township, and a parish in Cumberland. The village stands 2½ miles W by N of Ireby, and 2½ from Mealsgate station on the Maryport and Carlisle railway, and has a post office under Carlisle; money order and telegraph office, Mealsgate. The township includes Whitrigg hamlet, and bears the name of Torpenhow and Whitrigg. Acreage, 2742; population of the township, 290; of the ecclesiastical parish, 1253. The parish contains three other townships. The manor belongs to the Charlton family. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle; net value, £253. Patron, the Bishop. The church was restored in 1880.

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 parishTorpenhow St. Michael 
Poor Law unionWigton 
WardAllerdale below Derwent 

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 Torpenhow from the following:

Land and Property

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


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

Villages, Hamlets, &c

Bewaldeth and Snittlegarth
Blennerhasset and Kirkland
Bothel and Threapland
Kirkland (Torpenhow)
Whitrigg (Torpenhow)

Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionNorth West
Postal districtCA7
Post TownWigton