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The Sun Inn
Arlecdon is located in Cumbria
Location within Cumbria
OS grid referenceNY0419
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCA26
Dialling code01946
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°33′N 3°29′W / 54.55°N 03.48°W / 54.55; -03.48Coordinates: 54°33′N 3°29′W / 54.55°N 03.48°W / 54.55; -03.48

Arlecdon is a village in the Borough of Copeland in Cumbria, England, near the town of Whitehaven.


St Michael's Parish church is an historic Grade II listed church, which is located about half way between the villages of Arlecdon and Asby.[1] The church founded in the 12th or 13th century. The church was restored in 1776 and its nave was rebuilt in 1829. The church was extensively remodelled, and had its tower added from 1903–5. However, the church retains its chancel arch of c. 1630, which incorporates parts of the original 12th-century arch. The church's octagonal font is dated 1578.[2] The church contains a stained glass window dedicated to Isaac Fletcher of Frizington. In 1904 the church was remodelled, with the addition of a bell tower and eight bells cast by John Taylor & Son of Loughborough.

In 2014 it was announced that the church is to close, and the bells hopefully re-used in another church.


The village also has a 19th-century primary school and an old Sunday school.

Arlecdon church and war memorial


'Arlecdon' is " OE 'earn-lāce denu', eagle-stream valley'." [3]('OE' is Old English).

Notable people[edit]

  • John Adams, 1st Baron Adams OBE, JP, MA (12 October 1890 – 23 August 1960). British politician and public servant. The son of Thomas Adams and Mary Bowness, he was raised to the peerage as Baron Adams on 16 February 1949, the first Cumberland-born man to be so honoured since 1797. He is buried by the foot of the church tower.
  • Billy Adams, professional footballer

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Church of St Michael, Arlecdon". Co-Curate. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Church of St Michael". Historic England. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  3. ^ Armstrong, A. M.; Mawer, A.; Stenton, F. M.; Dickens, B. (1950). The place-names of Cumberland. English Place-Name Society, vol.xxi. Part 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 335.

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