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Bassenthwaite is a village and civil parish in the borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, historically part of Cumberland, within the Lake District National Park, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 412, increasing to 481 at the 2011 Census. There is a Church of England Church, St John's Bassenthwaite and a tiny Methodist chapel. The village contains many elements of the archetypal English village including a green, primary school and a stream that runs through it.
Bassenthwaite is approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from Bassenthwaite Lake, 7.5 miles (12.1 km) east of Cockermouth, 7.1 miles (11.4 km) north of Keswick, 23 miles (37 km) south of Carlisle and 23.9 miles (38.5 km) west of Penrith.
The name 'Bassenthwaite' is derived from an Old Norse name meaning Bastun's clearing. The 1st element is usually taken to be the Anglo-French nickname or surname Bastun, originally meaning stick, while the 2nd is the Old Norse þveit meaning clearing. The lake, in early times known as Bastun's water, takes its name from the village.
Bassenthwaite is part of the parliamentary constituency of Workington. In the December 2019 general election, the Tory candidate for Workington, Mark Jenkinson, was elected the MP, overturning a 9.4 per cent Labour majority from the 2017 election to eject shadow environment secretary Sue Hayman by a margin of 4,136 votes. Until the December 2019 general election The Labour Party has won the seat in the constituency in every general election since 1979.The Conservative Party has only been elected once in Workington since World War II, at the 1976 by-election.
St Bega's Church
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