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St.Mary's Church, Cumwhitton
Population c.293
OS grid reference NY50767
Civil parish Cumwhitton
District Carlisle
Shire county Cumbria
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Penrith and The Border
List of places

Cumwhitton is a small village and civil parish close to Carlisle in Cumbria, England. It lies just east of the M6 and the nearest train station is located in Wetheral, 3 miles away. Cumwhitton is often confused with the nearby village of Cumwhinton in Wetheral parish.

The village[edit]

The current population of Cumwhitton, according to the 2001 census, is 293. There is a roughly even split of males to females, with 152 males and 141 females.[1] There are 111 households within the small village of Cumwhitton.[2]


Cumwhitton is located in the north of Cumbria, in the North West of England. Cumwhitton is approximately 8.8 miles South East of Carlisle. The A69 is the main road that links Cumwhitton to Carlisle. The village is located on the East side of the River Eden which runs through Cumwhitton to Solway Firth.

St. Mary's Church[edit]

St. Mary's Church is a grade 2 listed building. It dates back to, at least, the 12th century and was extensively rebuilt in the 19th century.[3] St. Mary's Church is an ancient edifice. There are a variety of stained glass windows, most by unknown artists. The east window is probably Anglo-Saxon; the South wall is Norman; and the north arcade of three bays was built around 1200.[4]


The Pheasant Inn is a local public house located in Cumwhitton. It offers a wide range of food and local Real Ale The pub has won numerous awards that acknowledge their Cask Ales including CAMRA and Cask Marque. The Pheasant Inn can also be found in The Good Beer Guide.[5]

Cumwhitton also has a caravan park (Cairndale Caravan Park) which is open from the 1st March through to 31 October. The park has caravans to hire, and also has tent and caravan pitches[6]


Viking burial ground[edit]

The village is the site (2004) of the largest known Viking burial ground in Britain. Graves of four men and two women were discovered. The fact that grave goods were found implies that they were not Christian. It is intended that an exhibition of various artifacts will take place at the Tullie House Museum in Carlisle.[7] A description can be found in a British Archaeology article.[8]

William James Blacklock[edit]

The landscape artist and lithographer William James Blacklock lived in Cumwhitton from 1818 to 1836 and from 1850 to 1854.[9] He painted scenery in Cumbria, the Lake District, and the Scottish Borders. In 1818 Blacklock moved from London to Cumwhitton.[10] He is believed to have lived in Cumwhitton House with his family. Blacklock moved back to London in 1836; but in 1850 his health deteriorated and he moved back to Cumwhitton. William James Blacklock died on 12 March 1858, and was buried on 16 March 1858 in Cumwhitton.[10] Thirty-three pieces of Blacklock's work are on display at the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle.[11]


  1. ^ National Statistics, Population, Retrieved 02/05/2012
  2. ^ National Statistics, Households, Retrieved 02/05/2012
  3. ^ Roderick O'Gilvy, Retrieved 18/04/2012
  4. ^ Visit Cumbria, Retrieved 26/04/2012
  5. ^ The Pheasant Inn, Retrieved 18/04/2012
  6. ^ Cairndale Caravan Park, Retrieved 18/04/2012
  7. ^, Vikings in Cumbria.
  8. ^ British Archaeology, Retrieved 02/04/2012
  9. ^ "The Worthies of Cumberland and Westmorland". 2009-06-21. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  10. ^ a b William Blacklock's Biography, Retrieved 26/04/2012
  11. ^ Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Retrieved 26/04/2012

External links[edit]

Media related to Cumwhitton at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 54°51′N 2°46′W / 54.850°N 2.767°W / 54.850; -2.767