Kellet, Nether

KELLET, NETHER, a township, in the parish of Bolton-le-Sands, hundred of Lonsdale south of the Sands, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 4¼ miles (N. N. E.) from Lancaster; containing 279 inhabitants, and comprising 2018a. 3r. 16p. of land. The Lancaster canal and Lancaster and Carlisle railway pass in the vicinity, on the west. One mile from the village is the remarkable natural curiosity called Dunald-Mill Hole, a cave at the foot of a mountain, into which the water of a large brook, after having turned a mill, enters, and disappears; it continues a subterraneous course for two miles, again emerges at Carnforth, and falls into the river Keer. The cavern extends about 200 yards, and, like other caves in limestone hills, consists of several chambers of various dimensions, with intermediate chasms; the roof is adorned with stalactites and incrustations that reflect the light of tapers in a variety of colours. The entrance to this cavern is fringed with trees, and presents a highly picturesque and striking appearance. Limestone of good quality is abundant in the township. The tithes have been commuted for £340 payable to the Bishop of Chester, and £34 to the vicar.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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