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The Rectory, Aikton
Aikton is located in Cumbria
Location within Cumbria
Area2.86 sq mi (7.4 km2)
Population467 (2011)[1]
• Density163/sq mi (63/km2)
OS grid referenceNY273534
Civil parish
  • Aikton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townWIGTON
Postcode districtCA7
Dialling code016973
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
WebsiteOfficial website
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. The nearest town is Wigton 3 miles away, and the nearest city is Carlisle at 8 miles. Aikton is located 5 12 miles (8.9 km) south of the Scottish border, in the centre of the Channel of the River Eden.[2] It is in the historic county of Cumberland.

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."[3][4]

The village pub, the 'Aikton Inn', was constructed in the 18th century and is also used as a Bed and Breakfast facility.[5] Many houses in Aikton have views of the Lake District. The surrounding area is almost entirely farmland, containing cows usually.


'Aikton' "is OScand[inavian] 'eiki-tūn' or 'eik-tūn', 'oak tūn'.[6] So, the meaning is probably 'oak-tree hamlet'. ('OScand' is most likely to be Old Norse).


Aikton is a parish, which was formally an ancient parish in the county of Cumberland.[7] It is five miles in length (from north to south) and two miles in breath with an area of 6,156 acres - 1,829 of which was the village itself. This parish also includes the villages of Biglands, Gamelsby, Wampool and Wiggonby. Unitl the 16th century the area was terrorised by border raiders,[5] and the land formed one (demesne) of the two manors owned by the Burgh Barony, down to the death of Hugh de Morville in 1202. It had a population of 530 in 1688 and peaked at 856 in 1851.[7]

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  1. ^ "Parish population Aikton 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  2. ^ Microsoft; Nokia (15 December 2018). "Aikton" (Map). Bing Maps. Microsoft. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Andrew, Aikton (1327139)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  5. ^ a b Aikton Parish Website
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ a b "Aikton". Cumbria County History Trust.

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