• 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

  • Monument of Margaret, Countess of Cumberland, in Appleby Church, from Thomas Pennant's Tour to Alston Moor, 1801

  • Wayne family tombstone, Bassenthwaite church

  • Hawskhead Hill Baptist Chapel

  • Hexham Abbey

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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NEWS! Our first parish history, Kirkoswald and Renwick, has been published. For more details, click here. The book is available to buy, priced £12, 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 section on Cumbria's VCs,

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