• Tunwinni Cross (9th cent), St Mary's & St Michael's Church,Great Urswick

    Tunwinni Cross (9th cent), St Mary's & St Michael's Church,Great Urswick

  • Piel Castle

  • Lowther Castle ruins, now undergoing stabilisation and restoration by the Lowther Castle and Gardens Trust

  • Bewcastle

  • Peat Cutter's barrow, Foulshaw Moss

The Cumbria County History Trust

Your major online resource for the history of Cumbria.

Our aim is to produce a permanent detailed record of the history of Cumbria. Together with Lancaster University - and supported by generous grants from the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society (CWAAS) - we are working on the Victoria County History of Cumbria, part of a renowned national project to write the history of every place in England.

The Cumbria County History Trust (CCHT) is a membership organisation:  if you would like to join us, there is an APPLICATION FORM here - or you can learn more about CCHT here.

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New: If you would like to learn more about how to navigate this wesbite and all that it has to offer, you can download this powerpoint presentation. It contains slides showing each page and how to move through them. You might like to use it to demonstrate available online resources to your local history group.


Our first published parish history, Kirkoswald and Renwick, is available to buy via Lancaster University's online store.

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The Cumbria County History Trust (CCHT) was launched in May 2010 to coordinate and gather resources for the Victoria County History of Cumbria project

Learn more about CCHT and VCH Cumbria

There's a page for every one of the 348 parishes and townships in the county, which can be accessed via the Interactive Map, the Township List, or via the search engine,

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Search here for cross-cutting county themes - population, economic and industrial, religion, landownership, landscape and maps - and we've just added a new paper on the History of Communications

Discover the history of Cumbria

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