MATTERDALE: a township in Greystoke parish, Leath Ward, Cumberland.
Matterdale CP was enlarged by absorbing WATERMILLOCK CP in 1934.
7,288acres [2,949 ha], including extensive areas of common land: Matterdale Common (2,800 acres [1,133 ha]) and a further 2,500acres [1,012 ha] of mossland and stinted pastures were enclosed in 1882. Despite enclosure, 2605 acres [1,054 ha] of Matterdale Common remains registered as common land.
297 in 1801 rising steadily to 426 by 1871, then gradual decline to 229 by 1931, the last census year for which a separate figure is available.
a manor within Greystoke Barony; farms held by customary tenure by mid-17th century.
largely hill farming; some quarrying andmining (2 miners recorded c.1900). Inns: Royal Hotel (extant); Temperance Hotel in Dockray.
chapel of ease, licensed as parochial chapel 1573. Thatched until 1848, when tower was added. Wesleyan Methodist chapel.
In 1722, Rev. Robert Grisdale built a school endowed with interest on £200, on one and a half acres of land given by Howard in 1716. Mrs. Grisdale left a library in the school in 1723, for the use of inhabitants. This contained c.200 volumes by 1847. This school was superseded by a larger building on the same land. Both are now closed and used for community purposes.
Compiled by: June Hall