Rockcliffe, Cumbria

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Rockcliffe is located in Cumbria
 Rockcliffe shown within Cumbria
Population c.733
OS grid reference NY3709160293
District City of 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
List of places

Coordinates: 54°56′00″N 2°59′00″W / 54.93333°N 2.98333°W / 54.93333; -2.98333

Rockcliffe is a village and civil parish in the City of Carlisle district of Cumbria, England.[1] Part of the parish is a marshy peninsula between the mouths of the rivers Esk and Eden. The parish includes the settlements of Rockcliffe, Rockcliffe Cross, Floristonrigg, Todhills, Low Harker and Harker.

Rockcliffe formerly had a railway station, on the Caledonian Railway Main Line, that closed in 1965. Another station was located nearby at Floriston that closed in 1950.

Place-name meaning[edit]

Rockcliffe does not mean 'cliff by rocks' as many might think. The name means 'red cliff', implying a sandstone cliff-face. The name is from Old Norse rauŏr meaning "red" and Old English clif for "cliff", similar to Radcliffe in Greater Manchester.

Population of Rockcliffe Parish through time


  1. ^ Philip's Motorist's Atlas: 2004, Octopus Publishing Group, London, England

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