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Upper Denton, Cumberland

Historical Description

Denton, Upper, a parish in Cumberland, about 6 miles NE by E from Brampton, and 1 mile W from Gilsland station on the N.E.R. The ancient name of this parish is Over-Denton. There is a very small Saxon parish church. The churchyard contains the grave of Margaret Teasdale, the "Meg Merrilees" of Sir Walter Scott. On her tombstone are the lines:-" What I was once some may relate; What I am now is each one's fate; What I shall be none may explain Till He that called call again."

Margaret Teasdale died in 1777, aged 98, and Margaret Carrick, her grandmother, in 1717, aged 100. It is probable-that the church was built in the time of the Saxon diocese of Hexham, which was suppressed by the Danes in 821. The-acreage of Over-Denton is 1039; population, 167. The Roman Wall, fosse, vallum, and road, called the Stanegate, cross the parish. Extensive remains of a Roman bridge are covered by soil on the Willowford farm at about 60 yards from the river Irthing. A large portion of the wall, &c. may be seen in the vicarage land. Over-Denton is part of the consolidated parish of Gilsland-with-Over-Denton. The value of the benefice is £168.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

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RegionNorth West
Postal districtCA8
Post TownBrampton