St Oswalds Church in Ravenstonedale
Ravenstonedale shown within Cumbria
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||KIRKBY STEPHEN|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
|UK Parliament||Penrith and the Border|
Ravenstonedale is a village and large civil parish in Cumbria, on the watershed between the River Lune and River Eden. Historically also known as "Russendale", the parish is divided into four parts (known as 'angles'): Town, Newbiggin-on-Lune, Bowderdale and Fell End. The origin and etymology of the name are obscure. An alternative spelling may be Rausyngdale 
The village is centred on a single main street, though there are many scattered dwellings on the periphery. Slightly to the south east of the village centre is Ravenstonedale Endowed School. There are two inns in the village, and one about two miles outside at Fell End.
St Oswald’s church
The parish church, dedicated to St Oswald, dates mainly from the rebuild in the 18th century. The tower dates from 1738, and the rest is of 1744. It has an interesting interior where rows of box pews face a central aisle in the collegiate style. There is a very good example of a three-decker pulpit. To the north of the church are the excavated remains of a Gilbertine priory built in the 12th century, which can still be viewed. There is an interpretation board
The village is just off the A685 which runs from Junction 38 of the M6 at Tebay through Kirkby Stephen and connects with the A66 at Brough. The village was served by Ravenstonedale railway station (located to the west of Newbiggin-on-Lune), but it closed to passengers in 1952, and to goods traffic in 1962. The nearest station is Kirkby Stephen railway station which is about 4 miles away by road, and is on the main Settle-Carlisle Line.
- Smith, A H (1967). English Place-Name Society: Volume 43, The Place-Names of Westmorland, Part 2. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521049369.
- Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP 40/647; http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT1/H6/CP40no647/bCP40no647dorses/IMG_0786.htm; second entry, with Richard de Musgrave as the plaintiff, and where 2 of the defendants are from 'Raunsyngdale' or 'Ravnsyngdale'
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