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Blencow or Blencowe is a small village near Penrith, Cumbria. It is divided by the River Petteril into Great Blencow to the south and Little Blencow to the north. Great Blencow is in the civil parish of Dacre while Little Blencow is within Greystoke parish.

Blencow Hall

The post office and village pub are situated in Little Blencow, and there is another pub called the Clickham Inn to the south of the village towards Newbiggin. Also at Newbiggin is the Hanson plc Blencowe Limestone Quarry and Blockworks, and the former Blencow railway station on the Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway.[1]

The mansion of Ennim just south of the village was the home for many years of the Conservative politician and cabinet minister William (Willie) later Viscount Whitelaw. A substantial police presence was maintained at the house even after Whitelaw's retirement, owing to his time as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Blencow at one time had a very well known grammar school.

Just to the west of Little Blencow, Blencow Hall is a 15th-century pele tower, with alterations and extensions of 1590 and further alterations in the 20th century.[2]

Coordinates: 54°40′N 2°51′W / 54.667°N 2.850°W / 54.667; -2.850


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  2. ^ "Blencow Hall". Retrieved 2011-03-08. 

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