Mermaid misericord, Cartmel Priory Mercator, 1595 Jenny Brown's Point "Crescentinus - He Lived 18 years"  Roman tombstone, Brougham Peat Cutter's Barrow, Foulshaw Moss John Senex, Principal Roads, 1719 Heavenfield 1914, by Regan Housby, Silloth School Brougham Castle Madonna and Child, St Martin, Bowness on Windermere Sandes Hospital, Kendal Lime kilns, Smardale St Cuthbert with St Oswald's head, Hexham Abbey Belle Isle, Windermere Blaeu, 1639 Wetheral Priory Gatehouse Newland Blacking Mill Cartmel Priory Gatehouse Ruscelli, 1575 - Carlisle and the Roman Wall Hexham Abbey

About us & what we do

The Cumbria County History Trust website is the major online resource for the history of Cumbria.  Our aim is to produce a permanent detailed record of the history of Cumbria from the prehistoric to the present day. Already more than 100 volunteers have been involved in writing  brief histories ('Jubilee Digests') of every one of the 344 parishes and townships in the county, which can be accessed via Township List on the 'Places' page, or via the search engine or the interactive map, opposite. In time full-scale histories of all those places will be posted- some are already available.  In addition, the Background Papers section provides information on a growing range of cross-county historical themes, while the Gallery contains thousands of photos and scans of old maps and prints, available for download. There are also useful Links, and Sources and Resources section, for everyone interested in pursuing the history of their local area for themselves.

The Cumbria County History Trust (CCHT) was launched in May 2010 to coordinate and gather resources for the Victoria County History of Cumbria project, a collaborative community project created to research and write the histories of all parts of Cumbria, within the framework and standards of the Victoria County History of England.

The VCH Cumbria project is overseen by Dr Fiona Edmonds and Dr James Bowen (maternity cover for Dr Sarah Rose) from the Department of History at Lancaster University, and is located within the Regional Heritage Centre.


CCHT is dependent for finance upon its members and upon its supporters and sponsors. The main funder of CCHT since its inception has been the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society (CWAAS), without whom the project would never have got off the ground.

Latest News

A field trip has been arranged for Friday 22 September to which volunteers and members of Cumbria County History Trust are invited to participate.


A new Twitter feed has been launched for VCH Cumbria. The profile page features Mercator’s colourful 1595 map of Cumbria.

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Interactive Map

Interactive Township map

Click on the map to find out more about the histories of individual places.


Keep up to date with our weekly digest of updates to the information on the Cumbria County History Trust website.