The Duke's Head Inn in Armathwaite
Armathwaite shown within Cumbria
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Historically within the county of Cumberland, Armathwaite lies on the River Eden, forms part of Eden district and is served by Armathwaite railway station. The castle on the west bank of the river was originally a pele tower with a large but undistinguished Edwardian extension.
The parish church of Christ and Our Lady was formerly a chapel-of-ease in the parish of Hesket-in-the-Forest and is one of the smallest parish churches in England. By the 17th century the original chapel had become ruinous but it was rebuilt before 1688 by Richard Skelton of Armathwaite Castle. It consists of a chancel and nave with a wooden roof and a small western bell turret.
John Skelton, poet and tutor to King Henry VIII, is believed to have been born here. The town of Armathwaite in Fentress County, Tennessee was named by William H. Gilliat, who was from the Armathwaite area (then in Cumberland) and who arrived in Tennessee about 1881. Richard Tomlinson (former spy) spent his childhood in Armathwaite.
Armathwaite Golf Club (now defunct) was founded in 1907. The club disappeared following WW1.
- Betjeman, J. (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the North. London: Collins; p. 108
- “Armathwaite Golf Club”, “Golf’s Missing Links”.
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