Coniston: WWI memorial designed by WG Collingwood - and grave of Coniston's VC, L/Cpl James Hewitson, died 1963 View of the City of Carlisle, Hutchinson's Cumberland, 1794 Topiary, Levens Hall.  Gardens first planted in the 1690s Map of the Lakes from Hutchinson's Cumberland 1794 Kirkandrews Tower, stronghold of the Grahams, built c.1530-50 Whitehaven Harbour, Hutchinson's Cumberland 1794 Matrimony, from Sacraments window, Cartmel Fell chapel Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, part of the Furness Railway, opened 1869 Chapel Island (formerly Harlside), Leven Estuary. Nothing remains of original chapel, but there is a folly of the 1820s Peat barrow, Foulshaw Moss Roman temple excavation, Maryport Barrow Memorial, Hoad Hill, Ulverston Kirkandrews Church, built 1775, interior remodelled 1892 Gondola Steam Yacht, Coniston.  Launched 1859, restored 1979 Tilberthwaite.  So-called spinning galleries are a feature of Cumbrian vernacular architecture Cartmel Fell, St Anthony's Church, built as a chapel-of-ease for Cartmel Priory c.1504 Scots Dyke, erected 1552 following treaty to define Anglo-Scottish border Farming implements including turf spade and hay knife, Old Hall Historic Working Farm Bouth St Michael & All Angels, Arthuret:  built 1609 following an all-church collection held in response to an appeal by James I Roudsea Wood Powder House - a massive windowless structure built to store gunpowder from the Low Wood works

About us & what we do

The Cumbria County History Trust website will become the major online resource for the history of Cumbria, eventually providing a history of every parish and township in the county, as well as a range of historical themes, and useful links for everyone interested in pursuing the history of their local area in more detail.

The Cumbria County History Trust 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, and to make historical information generally available, within the framework and standards of the Victoria County History of England.

Our aim is to produce a permanent record of the history of Cumbria from the prehistoric to the present day, to the standards of the national VCH, by harnessing the enthusiasm for local history which exists widely across Cumbria, and pooling expertise. Already we have completed a short history ("Jubilee Digest") of every single place in the county.  To find out more about the histories of individual places, click on our interactive map, opposite.

Or search for places using our search engine at the top of the page


Latest News

The Lorton and Derwent Fells Local History Society has provided the Greenwood county maps of Cumberland and Westmorland on their website. The maps were surveyed in 1821-3 at one inch to the mile.


The latest publication from CWAAS is now available: a collection of essays on North-West England in memory of John Todd.


Barrow Town Hall will be hosting the 'Love Barrow Heritage' event on Tuesday 10th June, 2-6pm. VCH Cumbria and the Regional Heitage Centre at Lancaster University will be represented.

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Interactive Map

Interactive Township map

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