Milnthorpe is a large village and electoral ward within the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, England. Historically part of Westmorland and straddling the A6 road, the town contains several old hostelries and hosts a market in The Square every Friday. The parish and ward of Milnthorpe had a population of 2,106 recorded in the 2001 census,[2] increasing to 2,199 at the 2011 Census.[3]

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Dallam Tower Deer Park
Milnthorpe is located in Cumbria
Location within Cumbria
Population2,199  (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceSD496815
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLA7
Dialling code015395
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament


Milnthorpe is the site of the 19th-century Church of St Thomas, which overlooks The Green and The Square. Prior to its construction Milnthorpe was in the parish of Heversham.

Milnthorpe became a centre of business and activity because it was originally a port, using the River Bela and estuary (now only navigable to Arnside), and it remains a significant commercial centre for the area.

Local industry includes Duralon Combs, a 300-year-old comb-making family business. Also Big Fish Internet Ltd, Britain's very first website design agency, founded in early 1996. Tourism and hospitality have always thrived, Milnthorpe being a convenient stop-off point on the A6 for coaches and cars en route to the Lake District. Just to the north is Levens Hall, famed for its topiary. The village used to be a major traffic bottleneck before the opening of the M6 motorway in 1970, and the A590/A591 Kendal link road a few years later.

The popular children's drink Um Bongo was made in Milnthorpe by Libby's in the 1980s.


Each August, the Friends of the Exhibition holds its annual art exhibition in the church. Milnthorpe has two steel bands, one for adults and the other based in the town's junior school.

The grade I listed house Dallam Tower, with an estate known for its deer, stands near to the River Bela just south-west of Milnthorpe, whilst St Anthony's Tower may be seen on the top of St Anthony's Hill to the north-east of the town centre, overlooking the village and the housing estate of Owlet Ash Fields in nearby Ackenthwaite.

It has one secondary school, called Dallam School, and one primary school, called Milnthorpe Primary School.

The three pubs in the village are The Cross Key, The Bull's Head and The Coach and Horses.


John Taylor, third president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1880-87, was born in Milnthorpe and lived there until he emigrated to Canada.

The former Leader of the Liberal Democrats (2015-17), Tim Farron (MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale) lives in Milnthorpe.[4]


Milnthorpe church

Milnthorpe Parish Church

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Cross Keys Hotel

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Bend in the River Bela

See also


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  2. ^ "Parish headcount" (PDF). Cumbria County Council. Retrieved 2009-01-13.
  3. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  4. ^ "About Tim Farron". Tim Farron MP. Retrieved 24 September 2015.

External links

2018 South Lakeland District Council election

The 2018 South Lakeland District Council election took place on 3 May 2018 to elect members of South Lakeland District Council in Cumbria, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2016, these major changes to boundaries were recommended by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE)


2019 South Lakeland District Council election

The 2019 South Lakeland District Council election took place on 2 May 2019 to elect members of South Lakeland District Council in Cumbria, England. One third of the council was up for election.

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Cicerone (publisher)

Cicerone is an English publisher specialising in guidebooks for walkers, climbers, trekkers and cyclists. The company's first publication was a climbing guide to the English Lake District, and over the past 50 years they have built up a broad range of guidebooks covering the best walking, trekking and cycling in the World. The company was founded in 1969 and is based in Milnthorpe, Cumbria, a few miles south of the Lake District. The founders were Walt Unsworth (died 6 June 2017) and Brian Evans and their wives.Cicerone guides have been awarded Gold for "Best Walking Book" by Walk Magazine published by the Ramblers' Association for 5 out of the past 7 years.

Constance Holme

Edith Constance Holme (7 October 1880 – 17 June 1955), married name Punchard, was an English writer and playwright. She was born in Milnthorpe, Westmorland (now in Cumbria), the youngest of fourteen children. Her novels are set in the old county of Westmorland, where she lived most of her life.

Many of Holme's works explore class relationships; her first two books focus on the three-way relationships between landowners, tenant farmers and land agents (Holme's father and her husband were both land agents).

Uniquely among twentieth-century authors, all of Holme's novels and her book of short stories were published in the Oxford World's Classics series. The Lonely Plough was also, in 1936, among the first novels published by Penguin. Despite this, her reputation faded quickly after her death; indeed, it had been questioned even during her own lifetime, with The Saturday Review commenting in 1938, "We are still hunting for someone who has actually read Constance Holme's novels." Some of her books were reprinted during the 1970s; however, her final work, The Jasper Sea, remains unpublished.

Dallam School

Dallam School is a mixed, 11-18 secondary school with academy status, located in Milnthorpe, Cumbria, England.

High Sheriff of Westmorland

Westmorland (sometimes spelled Westmoreland) in North West England no longer exists as a county, the original core of it having merged into the modern district of Eden within the county of Cumbria.

The traditional county of Westmorland, like neighbouring Lancashire, was itself a new creation during the Middle Ages. It seems to have been treated as part of Yorkshire in the 11th century, and the eventual boundaries represented a merger between an earlier entity called Westmorland, and the Barony of Kendal, which was apparently originally considered part of the Honor of Lancaster, though it did not become part of Lancashire. Kendal is also now part of Cumbria.

The original Westmorland is sometimes referred to as Westmarieland and is later referred to as the Barony of Appleby or "Northern Westmorland".


Hincaster is a small hamlet and civil parish in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, England, located between Kendal and Milnthorpe. It has a population of 195 increasing to 209 at the 2011 Census. Hincaster is most famous for the Hincaster Tunnel which is the longest tunnel on the Lancaster Canal.

Kendal College

Kendal College is a further education college situated in Kendal on the edge of the Lake District National Park. The College provides a range of training and education programmes, including Further Education, Higher Education and training courses to support local employers, as well as more diverse work such as hospitality consultancy for Cambridge University.The College has over 4,000 students and employs over 150 staff.

In the College's last full Ofsted Inspection in 2017, it was graded Good.The College is a partner of the University of Cumbria and University of Central Lancashire and delivers a range of Higher Education courses, including Foundation Degrees and teaching qualifications.The College consists of two campuses, the Main Site on Milnthorpe Road at the South side of Kendal and the Arts and Media Campus at the North end of the town.

On 15 May 2008 the College officially opened its £12.9 million new build project on the college's main site. The new build is the first capital development that the college has embarked on since the main campus was originally constructed in 1971. On 20 May 2009 the new build was shortlisted for the Learning and Skills Council / Royal Institute of British Architects Further Education Design Excellence Awards 2009. The College won the 2009 SCALA Civic Building of the Year Award.

The Arts and Media Campus comprises the Allen Building where creative and expressive arts are taught; Wildman Studios where arts courses are taught; Kendal Museum, which is managed by the College as part of a 10-year agreement with South Lakeland District Council; The Box, a 120-seat, performance venue for drama and technical theatre students; and Castle Dairy, a 14th-century Grade 1 Listed building, which has been renovated for use as an art gallery and cafe, staffed by Kendal College hospitality and catering apprentices and officially opened on 18 October 2011 by Davie Starkey.The College also manages Kendal Museum as part of a 10-year partnership agreement with South Lakeland District Council.

LA postcode area

The LA postcode area, also known as the Lancaster postcode area, is a group of postcode districts across north Lancashire, south Cumbria and parts of North Yorkshire. It includes Ambleside, Askam-in-Furness, Barrow-in-Furness, Broughton-in-Furness, Carnforth, Coniston, Dalton-in-Furness, Grange-over-Sands, Kendal, Kirkby-in-Furness, Lancaster, Millom, Milnthorpe, Morecambe, Sedbergh, Ulverston and Windermere in England. Despite being named after Lancaster, Lancashire, the largest settlement within the limits of the LA postcode area is Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis

The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is a small zoological collection near the town of Milnthorpe, Cumbria, England, with a science and evolution theme. Since April 2012 the zoo has been run by the registered charity Lakeland Trust for Natural Sciences.The centre is divided into several sections, including a butterfly hall and aquarium, as well as an outside walk-through area. The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is a member of the BIAZA organisation, and participates in breeding schemes for several endangered species, notably the unusual Fossa.

In 2011 the zoo acquired its first snow leopard, a male named Pavan, for which it had built an enclosure with a perspex walk-through tunnel, "thought to be the UK’s first walk-through big cat exhibit". Pavan was soon followed by a female named Tara. These produced two young during 2014, which were named Loki and Luna, the first successful snow leopard breeding recorded in the North of England.

Listed buildings in Milnthorpe

Milnthorpe is a civil parish in the South Lakeland District of Cumbria, England. It contains 13 listed buildings that are recorded in the National Heritage List for England. All the listed buildings are designated at Grade II, the lowest of the three grades, which is applied to "buildings of national importance and special interest". The parish contains the large village of Milnthorpe and the surrounding countryside. The listed buildings consist of houses with associated structures, bridges, a hotel, a folly, a market cross, and a boundary post and boundary stones.

Peasey Beck

Peasey Beck is a 19.6-kilometre-long (12.2 mi) beck flowing through Cumbria, England. It rises on Lambrigg Fell where it is known as the Killington Beck, flows through Killington Reservoir and converges with Stainton Beck to form the River Bela at Milnthorpe.

Preston Richard

Preston Richard is a civil parish in South Lakeland, Cumbria, England. It includes the village of Endmoor, and the hamlets of Crooklands, Birkrigg Park, Milton, Low Park, and Summerlands.The population recorded in the 2011 census was 1305.There are 16 grade II listed buildings in the parish, including several milestones, bridges and a privy.In 1870-1872 it was described as "a township in Heversham parish" with a population of 504 and a gunpowder works.

River Bela

The River Bela is a short (approximately 4 miles (6.5 km)) river in the county of Cumbria, England. It is in the ancient county of Westmorland.

The river is formed by the confluence of Peasey Beck and Stainton Beck at Overthwaite. It runs through Beetham where it still powers the Heron Corn Mill, and formerly powered the Billerud paper mill. It then flows through the deer park of Dallam Tower before skirting around the south of the village of Milnthorpe and joining the River Kent estuary between Sandside and Milnthorpe.

At its mouth it was formerly crossed by the Sandside Viaduct on the Hincaster Branch Line railway from Arnside to Hincaster, demolished after the line was closed to passengers in 1942 and the track lifted in 1966.

During World War II a prisoner of war camp was built beside the river at grid reference SD513802. After the war the camp became an open prison, and there is now a residential school on the site.

St Thomas' Church, Milnthorpe

St Thomas' Church is in the village of Milnthorpe, Cumbria, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Kendal, the archdeaconry of Westmorland and Furness, and the diocese of Carlisle.

Thomas Postlethwaite

Thomas Postlethwaite (; 1731 – 4 May 1798) was an English clergyman and Cambridge fellow, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1789 to 1798.

Tim Farron

Timothy James Farron (born 27 May 1970) is a British politician who was the Leader of the Liberal Democrats between July 2015 and July 2017. He announced his resignation on 14 June 2017 following the 2017 United Kingdom general election, remaining in his position until Sir Vince Cable was elected on 20 July 2017.He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Westmorland and Lonsdale, having first been elected in 2005 and re-elected at the 2010, 2015 and 2017 general elections, and was the President of the Liberal Democrats from 2011-14.Since 7 February 2019 he has been the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government, serving alongside The Lord Shipley.

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