Early 20th century postcard of Beetham
Beetham shown within Cumbria
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Craven in the Domesday Book shows that up till 1066 Earl Tostig was lord of Beetham and the surrounding areas of Farleton, Preston Richard, Hincaster, Heversham and Levens in Cumbria plus Yealand Redmayne and Borwick in Lancashire. Beetham manor then amounted to 25 carucates (ca3000 acres/1250ha) of ploughland. The Norman conquest of England added it to the extensive lands of Roger de Poitou.
Points of interest include:
- The Church of St Michael and All Angels, parts of which date from the 12th century.
- The Heron Corn Mill, a working watermill and active arts and education center.
- The Heron Theatre, an 80 seat theatre housed in the listed 18th century grammar school .
- The Fairy Steps, a natural staircase in a limestone crag.
- A small shrine to Saint Lioba (or Leoba), built into a stone wall in the nearby hamlet of Slackhead.
Half a mile to the south-east, Beetham Hall is a 14th-century fortified manor house, now largely ruined, adjoining later buildings.
To the north of the village is the Billerud paper factory employing 140 people and producing 45,000 tonnes/year, specialising in kraft paper for pharmaceutical and food packaging.
Footpath to Leighton Hall
- Beetham Parish Council
- Cumbria Directory listing page
- Heron Corn Mill
- Heron Theatre
- The Wheatsheaf at Beetham
- Beetham Tea Room
- Beetham parish historical and genealogical information at GENUKI
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