Grayrigg

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Grayrigg
St John the Evangelist Church, Grayrigg.jpg
St John the Evangelist Church
Grayrigg is located in Cumbria
Grayrigg
Grayrigg
 Grayrigg shown within Cumbria
Population 223 (2001)
OS grid reference SD5797
   – London  224 mi (360 km) SSE 
Civil parish Grayrigg
District South Lakeland
Shire county Cumbria
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town KENDAL
Postcode district LA8
Dialling code 01539
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Westmorland and Lonsdale
List of places
UK
England
Cumbria

Coordinates: 54°22′01″N 2°39′00″W / 54.367°N 2.650°W / 54.367; -2.650

Grayrigg is a small village and civil parish in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, England. It lies on undulated and partly mountainous land, 4.9 miles (8 km) north east of Kendal, on the north side of the West Coast Main Line, and west side of the M6 motorway.

History[edit]

Historically a part of Westmorland, Grayrigg and its surrounding area have provided evidence of an ancient Roman camp. During the Middle Ages Grayrigg formed a chapelry and township centred on the chapel dedicated to St John the Evangelist, which is still in use.

Railway accidents[edit]

Grayrigg's 20th and 21st century history is marked by two high-profile major train crashes.

The Grayrigg derailment was a rail accident in 2007, in which a passenger was fatally injured.

On 18 May 1947, a 13-carriage Glasgow to London express failed to stop at the signals for Lambrigg Crossing and collided with a locomotive with 33 people injured, three seriously.[1]

On 23 February 2007, Lambrigg Crossovers (54.358507,-2.655958), south of Grayrigg was the site of the Grayrigg derailment, a fatal derailment involving a Virgin Trains service from London Euston to Glasgow Central.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grayrigg saw crash 60 years ago", BBC News, 1 March 2007
  2. ^ "Rail crash report blames points", BBC News, 26 February 2007

External links[edit]

Media related to Grayrigg at Wikimedia Commons