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Waberthwaite is located in Cumbria
 Waberthwaite shown within Cumbria
Population 274 (2001)
OS grid reference SD172802
Civil parish Waberthwaite & Corney
District Copeland
Shire county Cumbria
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Millom
Postcode district LA19
Dialling code 01229
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Copeland
List of places

Coordinates: 54°19′52″N 3°22′18″W / 54.331°N 3.3717°W / 54.331; -3.3717

Waberthwaite is a civil parish on the estuary of the River Esk part of Copeland, Cumbria, England. It is located near to and overlooking Muncaster Castle and the village of Ravenglass. It is well known for its Cumberland sausages.


The name Wyberg was probably Norse, and the Wyberg family later settled in St Bees, Clifton and Isel. The Old Norse word, from which the name was derived was Viberg - meaning "Holy Mountain". In the 12th century, Arthur Boyvill, third Lord of Millom, gave the manor to the husband of his daughter, who assumed the name of "de Wayburthwait". Waberthwaite was the north western boundary of the lordship of Millom. Later in a deed of 1392 Thomas de Berdesey granted to Sir Richard de Kyrkeby, the manor of "Wayburthwayt", and the advowdson (the right to appoint the vicar) of the church of St James (now St John). The advowdson remained in the hands of the Kirkbys until about 1608, when it passed to the Pennington family, who also became Lords of the manor.[1]


In June 2012, it became clear that the Eskdale granite beneath Waberthwaite formed in the Ordovician Period around 450 million years ago has been identified as a potential site for a Geological Disposal Facility for the UK's high level nuclear waste. Two other sites have also been identified - Ennerdale and the Solway Plain. Eskdale wasn't named by the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely (MRWS) Partnership, rather they referred to the 'granitic rocks forming part of The Lake District Batholith'. These are the Ennerdale and Eskdale granites. This was in (publicly available) document 285 of the West Cumbria MRWS in a report written by Dr Dearlove, the consultant geologist recruited by MRWS. The southern Eskdale granite beneath Waberthwaite is less well exposed than the parts of the intrusion further north. It is predicted that the southern Eskdale granite will also be heavily faulted, and therefore unsuitable for the deep disposal of high level nuclear waste. The Eskdale granite pre-dates the continental collision of Europe with North America, which is likely to give rise to the faulted and fractured nature of the rock body.



  1. ^ C A Parker, The Gosforth District, pub Titus Wilson 1904.
  2. ^ C A Parker, The Gosforth District, pub Titus Wilson 1904.

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