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Cumbria: an Historical Gazetteer

This book, published in association with the Cumbria County History Trust, contains short, pithy summaries of historical information about every community in Cumbria, large and small. Arranged alphabetically, it provides a digest of facts about population, landownership, local economic history, places of worship, schools and other community institutions across the centuries.

The groundwork for the Gazetteer was carried out for the Victoria County History of Cumbria project by a large team of volunteer local historians who compiled brief historical cameos for the project website, drawn from a checklist of key sources. These have now been substantially rewritten for publication, in an attempt to ensure accuracy and consistency.

Providing comprehensive coverage of the whole of the modern county of Cumbria, the volume contains 348 separate articles, one for each of the Civil Parishes as they existed in the 1890s. The Gazetteer will be an indispensible work of reference for all with an interest in Cumbria’s past, residents and visitors alike.

  • Second impression, 2017.
  • Softback
  • Full colour cover, 7 maps
  • ISBN: 978-1-86220-330-3
  • 339pp

Price: £9.99 (plus p+p); discounts are available for Friends and Patrons of the Regional Heritage Centre and members of the Cumbria County History Trust. A searchable electronic version of the Gazetteer (sold as a PDF file on a USB pen drive) is available for £7.99. Printed and electronic versions may be purchased together as a package for £14.99.

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Published by the Regional Heritage Centre, Lancaster University


About the Author

Angus Winchester is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Lancaster University. He was the Director of the Victoria County History of Cumbria project from its inception in 2010 until his retirement in 2016.

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