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Oxenholme is a village in England just south of the town of Kendal, with which it has begun to merge. It is best known for Oxenholme Lake District railway station on the West Coast Main Line. Because Oxenholme does not have its own church it is technically a hamlet.
Oxenholme station opened in 1847 as Kendal Junction and renamed Oxenholme in 1860. The village grew around the station and is named after Oxenholme Farm. The Railway station has the suffix Lake District added in 1988.
Oxenholme is named after a farm which name suggests was a cow farm. It is pronounced Oxen-Home. The village has always been called and spelt Oxenholme. Locally the name is pronounced 'Oxen-nome', although the train announcers usually pronounce it as 'Oxen-home' on the tannoys.
The village is part of the Kendal civil parish.
The village is in the Kendal Oxenholme and Natland ward in South Lakeland and is currently represented by the Liberal Democrat Brenda Gray. The village is in Cumbria but before 1974 was in Westmorland. On Cumbria County Council it is part of the Kendal South ward for which the councillor is also Brenda Gray
Oxenholme has a low crime rate; during 2009 there was only one reported crime, involving a light cable being removed from a trailer.
Oxenholme Station, located in the village, is a junction between the West Coast Main Line and the Windermere Branch Line. The A65 runs through the village and is close to the M6 motorway. The village has nine bus stops and is served by routes 41, 41Q and 561.
The local newspaper covering the area is The Westmorland Gazette.
Oxenholme in the news
Oxenholme appears in the news more often than a typical settlement its size. Most of the time it is to do with the Railway.
- On 10 February 1965 fugitive John Middleton shot two policemen while hiding in the waiting room at Oxenholme railway station. Carlisle policemen George Russell and Alex Archibald were shot with Russell dying in hospital a few hours later.
- On 27 May 2006 Oxenholme station was the scene of a murder when a 19 year old man was stabbed aboard a Glasgow-Paignton train as it was coming into the station. A 22 year old man was subsequently jailed for 21 years for the murder in November 2006.
- The Grayrigg rail crash happened on 23 February 2007 when a Virgin Pendolino train derailed after it had just left Oxenholme Lake District railway station. The crash left 1 person dead, and 22 others injured.
- Deborah Kuiper (2007-12-28). "Hero PC dies". Hexham Courant. Retrieved 2008-03-15.[dead link]
- Guardian Unlimited (2006-10-11). "Life sentence for train murder of student". Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
- BBC News (2007-02-24). "How Cumbria rail crash unfolded". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-12-02.
Oxenholme Past: oxenholme.oneplacestudy.org provides further information about Oxenholme's past including details of former residents, past news stories etc. Media related to Oxenholme at Wikimedia Commons