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Holme Cultram Abbey, Abbeytown (NY1750).jpg
Holmcultram Abbey
Abbeytown is located in Cumbria
 Abbeytown shown within Cumbria
Civil parish Holme Abbey
Shire county Cumbria
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Dialling code 016973
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
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Coordinates: 54°50′41″N 3°17′16″W / 54.8447°N 3.2877°W / 54.8447; -3.2877

Abbeytown, also known as Holme Abbey, is a village and civil parish in Cumbria, England. It is located five-and-a-half miles south-east of Silloth, and six-and-a-half miles north-west of Wigton. The civil parish borders Holme Low to the north, Holme East Waver and Dundraw to the east, Bromfield to the south, and Holme St Cuthbert to the west.[1] The county town of Carlisle is located some eighteen miles to the north-east. Other nearby settlements include Highlaws, Kelsick, Mawbray, Pelutho, and Wheyrigg.

Abbeytown was built around the former Cistercian Holmcultram Abbey, the nave of the church of which now serves the parish as St. Mary's Church. On 9 June 2006 the church was set alight in an arson attack which totally devastated the roof of the building, parts of which had been in situ since it was erected 900 years ago, [1] the building has subsequently been fully restored.

The Village also has a recreational field, it regularly hosts football matches from around the Allerdale district. As of 2012 the recreational field is under construction, with the demolition of the former standing structural foundation making way for a new field. A designated area within this field, to house the soon coming children's play park.

The village is located on the main Wigton to Silloth road and has a small range of local amenities including a pub, post office and a shop.

The buildings in the village mostly date from either the medieval period, especially those associated with the former abbey, the Victorian era, where much of the village was concerned with the railway line to Silloth or more recently when a large number of houses were built at "Friars Garth".

The village is located on the edge of the Solway Coast area of outstanding natural beauty and the Cumbria Coastal Way passes through the village.

In June 2012, it became clear that the Solway Plain between Silloth, Abbeytown and Westnewton has been identified as a potential site for a Geological Disposal Facility for the UK's high level nuclear waste. Two other sites have also been identified - Eskdale and the Ennerdale - both of these are within the Lake District National Park. The Solway Plain wasn't named by the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) Partnership, rather they referred to the 'Low permeability sedimentary rocks associated with the Mercia Mudstone Group(MMG)'. This was in (publicly available) document 285 of the West Cumbria MRWS in a report written by Dr Dearlove, the consultant geologist recruited by MRWS.

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