The entrance to the village
Stonethwaite shown within Cumbria
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Stonethwaite is a small village in the Lake District in the English county of Cumbria. Historically part of Cumberland, it is situated in the valley of the Stonethwaite Beck, a side valley of Borrowdale, and within the Lake District National Park. It is on the Cumbria Way long distance footpath.
For local government purposes Stonethwaite forms part of the civil parish of Borrowdale, the district of Allerdale, and the county of Cumbria. It is within the Workington constituency of the United Kingdom Parliament, and the North West England constituency of the European Parliament.
The farm at Stonethwaite was once owned by the monks at Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire from 1195 as part of lands they owned in the Borrowdale valley. The monks complained to King Edward II that they objected to the terms of their ownership of what was now a thriving dairy business. The king did not adjudicate but merely sequestrated the farm and then sold it back to the complaining Cistercian monks of Fountains Abbey in 1304 for two pounds.
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