Cartmel village by the river Eea
Cartmel shown within Cumbria
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Lower Allithwaite|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
|UK Parliament||Westmorland and Lonsdale|
Cartmel is a village in Cumbria, England, situated 2.2 miles (3.5 km) north-west of Grange-over-Sands and close to the River Eea. Historically it was in Lancashire; boundary changes brought it into the newly created county of Cumbria in 1974, yet keeping it within the boundaries of the traditional County Palatine of Lancaster (Lancashire; which is quite different from the Duchy of Lancaster) where, as in other palatines, the king's writ did not run. The village was once known as Kirkby in Cartmel, as it was the location of the church for the large parish of Cartmel. It is the location of the 12th-century Cartmel Priory.
The village has more recently become known as the "home of sticky toffee pudding". This can be purchased in various sizes from the Cartmel Village Shop. Its racecourse hosts popular meetings two or three times a year, traditionally in Whit Week. The ancient parish was traditionally known as the Land of Cartmel - an area quite separate from the Furness peninsula. Holker Hall, associated with the Cavendish family and the Dukes of Devonshire, is located within the original boundaries of the parish.
Recently, Cartmel has become noted for Simon Rogan's Michelin-starred restaurant, L'Enclume.
There are also several gift shops through the village such as Hales, Perfect English, The Cavendish & Unsworth Square.
Cartmel CofE Primary School is the village primary school. Cartmel Priory CofE School takes pupils aged 11–16 from around the Cartmel Peninsula.
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