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Former chapel, Anthorn
Anthorn is located in Cumbria
Anthorn shown within Cumbria
Population 235  (2001 census)
OS grid reference NY195585
Civil parish
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°54′53″N 3°15′26″W / 54.914689°N 3.257294°W / 54.914689; -3.257294Coordinates: 54°54′53″N 3°15′26″W / 54.914689°N 3.257294°W / 54.914689; -3.257294

Anthorn (pronounced /ˈænθɔːrn/ AN-thorn) is a village in Cumbria, England. It is situated on the south side of the Solway Firth, on the Wampool estuary, about thirteen miles west of Carlisle. It is the location of the Anthorn radio station, broadcasting specialised low frequency signals for timekeeping and navigation.


Originally no more than a cluster of cottages and small farms on the shore, the village increased in size and importance in 1942, when an existing First World War landing strip was developed as HMS Nuthatch, a Royal Naval Air Station. The station closed in 1958, leaving only its powerful transmitter, but the associated housing development, larger than the original village itself and about a kilometre to the east, remains.

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