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  • Newland Blacking Mill

  • Derwentwater from Castle Crag, from West's Guide to the Lakes, 1774. For more images see Gallery

  • Gondola

  • Penrith Castle, from Hutchinson's History of Cumberland 1794. For more images see Gallery

  • Matrimony, Cartmel Fell

Cumbria County History Trust: Your Online Resource for the History of Cumbria

This site contains a page for every one of the 348 parishes and townships within Cumbria. You can access the place you are interested in via our Interactive Map.  But there's much more to the county than that - scroll down this page to see some Interesting Facts - or click here to find out more about different aspects of the history of the county: or here to look at some of the old maps, old prints and other images in our Gallery

If you would like to help our work with a donation, there's a Donate button, below.  Or go to our Support Us page to learn more about Membership or becoming a Friend of CCHT, or a Volunteer

The Cumbria County History Trust (CCHT) was set up in May 2010 with the aim of producing a permanent, detailed record of the history of Cumbria, as part of the Victoria County History project, founded in 1899, which aims to write the definitive history of every place in every county in England. Learn more about VCH Cumbria here.

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From the start,  our work has been co-ordinated and overseen by Lancaster University's Regional Heritage Centre, and has been supported by generous grants from the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society

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This site contains more than 7000 pages!  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.

If you spot any problems with the site that need attention, please let us know via Contact us

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