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The Rectory, Aikton
Aikton is located in Cumbria
Aikton shown within Cumbria
Population 467 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference NY273534
Civil parish
  • Aikton
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WIGTON
Postcode district CA7
Dialling code 016973
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°52′14″N 3°07′55″W / 54.870518°N 3.131977°W / 54.870518; -3.131977Coordinates: 54°52′14″N 3°07′55″W / 54.870518°N 3.131977°W / 54.870518; -3.131977
St. Andrew's, Aikton

Aikton is a small village in the north of the English county of Cumbria. There is a pub, phonebox and postbox; but no shops.

The local church, St Andrew's, is over 900 years old, and is one of the oldest in the region. Pevsner says that it has a "solid C12 w[est] front" and gives details of Norman and Early English Period work on the church."[2][3]

Many houses in Aikton have views of the Lake District. The surrounding area is almost entirely farmland, containing cows usually. The nearest town is Wigton, and the nearest city is Carlisle. Aikton is located approximately 15 Kilometres, approximately 9.3 miles, south of the Scottish border.

The village pub, the 'Aikton Inn', was constructed in the 18th century and is also used as a Bed and Breakfast facility.


'Aikton' "is OScand[inavian] 'eiki-tūn' or 'eik-tūn', 'oak tūn'.[4] So, the meaning is probably 'oak-tree hamlet'. ('OScand' is most likely to be Old Norse).


Most common surnames in Aikton at the time of the United Kingdom Census of 1881,[5] by order of incidence:

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  1. ^ "Parish population Aikton 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Hyde, Matthew; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2010). Cumbria: Cumberland, Westmorland and Furness. The buildings of England. New Haven; London: Yale University Press. pp. xx, 775 p.90. ISBN 9780300126631. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Andrew, Aikton (1327139)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Armstrong, A. M.; Mawer, A.; Stenton, F. M.; Dickens, B. (1950–52). The place-names of Cumberland. Part 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 119. 
  5. ^ "Most Common Surnames in Aikton". 

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