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The Square, Burton-in-Kendal - geograph.org.uk - 171332.jpg
Market Cross
Burton-in-Kendal is located in Cumbria
Location within Cumbria
Population1,497 (2011)
OS grid referenceSD5376
Civil parish
  • Burton-in-Kendal
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLA6
Dialling code01524
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°10′59″N 2°43′15″W / 54.182927°N 2.720739°W / 54.182927; -2.720739Coordinates: 54°10′59″N 2°43′15″W / 54.182927°N 2.720739°W / 54.182927; -2.720739

Burton-in-Kendal is a village and civil parish on the extreme southern edge of Cumbria, England. It contains around 600 houses and has a population of 1,411, increasing to 1,497 at the 2011 Census.[1] Historically within the county of Westmorland, the village straddles the A6070 road between Crooklands and Carnforth, at a point around midway between Lancaster and Kendal, and is in the shadow of the nearby limestone outcrop known as Farleton Knott.


The ancient village church is dedicated to St James. In the 18th century Burton was home to an important corn market. The composer Felix Borowski was born in the village in March, 1872. The Manor of Burton is held by the Atkinson family and whilst land and property holdings were disposed of, the title of Lord of the Manor was retained. Due to its position, the history of Burton in Kendal lies in transport, as travellers used its many inns to eat, drink, and rest their pack horses before entering or leaving the county. There are also a multi-use games area (MUGA), tennis courts and a bowling green which are operated by various sports groups within the village.

The village has a rich local history. Kath Hayhurst has produced a book of photographs and annotations entitled "Burton-in-Kendal, Clawthorpe and Dalton – Photographic Memories". Copies are available from the village shop or from the Holme and District Local History Society.[2]


A group of villagers produce a regular monthly newsletter called the Burton News which is distributed free to every household in the parish. Burton News came first in its category of monthly magazine in a contest organised by the Diocese of Carlisle in 2002.

The village is situated ideally for access to the Lake District; the west coast; and to the east, the Yorkshire Dales; and Howgill Fells.

Burton in Kendal's local football club, Burton Thistle F.C., currently play in the North Lancashire and District Football League in the nearby hamlet of Clawthorpe.


The parish is in the electoral ward of Burton and Holme. This stretches to both villages and their surrounding areas. The total population of the ward at the 2011 Census was 3,789.[3]


The novelist and poet Anne Spillard who lives in the village won the Yorkshire Post Book Award for Best First Work for her novel The Cartomancer in 1987.[4]

The writer and poet David Craig lives in Burton. Born in Aberdeen he taught Creative Writing at the University of Lancaster from 1969–92 and remains an Emeritus Professor. His books include three novels, five travel and oral history, and four collections of poetry.[5]

The novelist Joe Stretch grew up in the village during the 1990s.[6]

Guitarist and musician Mo Witham lives in Burton with his singer wife Kelly. Originally from Southend-on-Sea Mo was a major part of the Southend pub-rock scene and has played guitar in various rock and pop bands since the 1960s, including The Orioles and Legend.[7]


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  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Holme & District Local History Society". Localhistory.burtonweb.org.uk. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Yorkshire Post Book Award". Facstaff.unca.edu. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  5. ^ "David Craig at Smoke Stack Books".
  6. ^ Karen (5 February 2008). "Joe Stretch – Manchester's next major novelist? | Architecture". Manchester Confidential. Retrieved 9 July 2011.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Mecca Southend Rock Dr Feelgood Kursaal Flyers Mojo Article Will Birch". Willbirch.com. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2011.

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