Blawith and Subberthwaite

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Blawith and Subberthwaite
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Coniston South Moorings
Blawith and Subberthwaite is located in Cumbria
Blawith and Subberthwaite
Blawith and Subberthwaite
Blawith and Subberthwaite shown within Cumbria
Population 265 (2011. Including Torver)
OS grid reference SD2888
Civil parish
  • Blawith and Subberthwaite
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LA12
Dialling code 01229
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°17′06″N 3°05′42″W / 54.285°N 3.095°W / 54.285; -3.095Coordinates: 54°17′06″N 3°05′42″W / 54.285°N 3.095°W / 54.285; -3.095

Blawith and Subberthwaite is a civil parish in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, England. It is situated in the Lake District National Park, and includes the villages of Blawith and Subberthwaite. "Blawith has an area of 2,995 acres on the west side of the Crake and the lower end of Coniston Water which is about a mile and a half north of Blawith."[1] The village is bordered to the West and North by Blawith Common, a large area of rough grazing which is used by those who hold common rights. Parts of the common are designated as having of Special Scientific Interest. The name Blawith should be pronounced Blaath, which means wolf, creatures once common in the area.

In 1870–72 Blawith was described as:

"a township-chapelry in Ulverston parish, Lancashire; on the river Crake. Real property, £1,082. Pop., 193. Houses, 39."[2]

In 1870–72 Subberthwaite was described as:

"a township in Ulverstone parish, Lancashire; Acres, 1,246. Real property, £764. Pop., 152. Houses, 29."[3]


"The church in Blawith is St John the Baptist's, it is a redundant Anglican church in the settlement. A chapel of ease was built in the 16th century and was rebuilt in 1749, The ruins can still be seen and are surrounded by a small graveyard . A new church was built across the road from the chapel in 1863. This later church was closed in 1988 and was sold to be converted into a dwelling in 2012."[4]

St John the Baptist, Blawith

"The influence of the monastic houses, notably Furness Abbey and Cartmel Priory, was central to the medieval development of the area, through their control of much of the farmland and fostering of industries including metalore mining and smelting, and wool production."[5]


Blawith has a population of 193[6] and Subberthwait has a population of 152 people.[7] By the time of the 2011 Census the parishes had been combined to give a new total population of 265.

A line graph to show the current population from the year 1881 – 1961

Most people who live in the area are aged between 30 and 59. This tend to be couples who are likely to have children due to there being a great number of people aged up to 14 years in the area and few single parents. In 1995 it was recorded that there were 0 single parents and 32 children aged 0–14.[8]


"From looking at 1881 census Occupations of Males and Females in the Division and its Registration Counties it says that the main occupation in Blawith and Subberthwaite is Agriculture as 26 males work in this sector and 1 female. Mostly working as an Agricultural Labourer, Farm Servant or Cottager with 14 males of the 26 working in this area and 1 female. 22females living in the area are Domestic Indoor Servants."[9]


Blawith housing – 39 Subberthwaite housing – 29

The total number of houses has increased from 32 in 1901 to 39 in 1961 in Blawith.[10]

"From looking at 2011 census data, there are 92 households in Blawith and Subberthwaite that are families and 76 households that are not child dependent."[11] "The average house price in Blawith and Subberthwaite is below the UK average. There is a high percentage of the houses being prices between 100 and 250 thousand pounds in March 2013. Most expensive being detached houses which tend to be around £300,000."[12] "A parkland landscape has developed around Coniston Water which is associated with larger estates and houses."[13]


Blawith is a quiet area, however it does have holiday parks and cottages e.g. Crake Valley Holiday Park for people who are visiting the area. It is also in a location that is central to many attractions, being within five miles of Coniston Water, Grizedale Forest Park, the Aquarium of the Lakes at Lakeside, and Ulverston with its Laurel and Hardy Museum. Also, "Go Ape being four miles away is a day trip for tourists visiting Blawith and Subberthwaite and Bigland Hall Equestrian located five miles away."[14] There are local pubs in the vicinity including The Red Lion, suitable for families.[15]

Education and transport[edit]

"The nearest school to Blawith is Penny Bridge CofE School Greenodd, Ulverston which is 4 miles away. This is a mixed gender primary school aged from 4 to 11."[16]

The school is small due to it only having 90 pupils on the school roll in which are all White British. It is known as a good school due to it scoring '1' for how good the school is on the ofsted report as well as '1' from looking at individuals."[17] This suggests that Blawith and Subberthwaite is a nice area based on if the parents send their children to the closet school to their home. This has led to the majority of people living in Blawith and Subberthwaite having a high level of education. As according to the neighbourhood statistics "in 2011, 115 people achieved Level 4 Qualifications and Above."[18] This however means that children living in Blawith and Subberthwaite have to rely on parents or public transport to get to school to be educated due to its location. There is a bus route which goes through Blawith to Ulverston which is where the school is located. 'X12', in which the timetable includes school days only times enabling children to get to school due to there not being schools walking distance in the parish of Blawith and Subberthwaite.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Townships Blawith". British History Online. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Wilson, John (1870–72). Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. Blawith: A. Fullarton and Co. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Subberthwaite". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Blawith St John's Church". Britain Express. David Ross. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "South Cumbria Low Fells". National Character Area Profile. Natural England. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Blawith". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Subberthwaite". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "1997 LOCAL PROFILE" (PDF). Cumbria gov. Cumbria County Council. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Occupations.". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Total Households". A vision of Britain through time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 10 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Families with Dependent Children, 2011 (QS118EW)". National Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Average Values". Zoopla Smarter Property Search. Zoopla Smarter Property Search. Retrieved 20 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "South Cumbria Low Fells". National Character Area Profile. Natural England. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Family days out". Family days out. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "A guide to Blawith, Cumbria". Information Britain. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "School finder". RM Education. RM Education. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Ofsted and Church SIAS Reports". Penny Bridge Cofe School. Ofsted. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "Highest Level of Qualification, 2011 (QS501EW)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "X12 Coniston Ulverston" (PDF). Cumbria County Council. Cumbria County Council. Retrieved 14 March 2013.