Cartmel Fell

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Cartmel Fell
Cartmel Fell Church - - 2035718.jpg
St. Anthony's Church
Cartmel Fell is located in Cumbria
Cartmel Fell
Cartmel Fell
Location within Cumbria
Population329 (2011)
OS grid referenceSD4188
Civil parish
  • Cartmel Fell
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLA11
Postcode districtLA23
Dialling code01539
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°16′59″N 2°53′46″W / 54.283°N 2.896°W / 54.283; -2.896Coordinates: 54°16′59″N 2°53′46″W / 54.283°N 2.896°W / 54.283; -2.896

Cartmel Fell, with a population of 309,increasing to 329 at the 2011 Census[1] is a hamlet and a civil parish in the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, England. The village of Cartmel and Cartmel Priory are not in this parish but in Lower Allithwaite, to the south: Cartmel Fell church is about 7 miles north of Cartmel Priory.

The neighbouring civil parishes are Windermere parish to the north west, where the boundary includes some of the shore line of the lake, Windermere; Crook to the north east; Crosthwaite and Lyth to the east; Witherslack to the south east; Upper Allithwaite to the south; and Staveley-in-Cartmel to the south west.[2]

St. Anthony's Church was built as a chapel of ease for Cartmel Priory in about 1504, and has changed little since. It contains some 17th-century box pews and a rare three-decker pulpit of 1698 as well as stained glass which may have come from Cartmel Priory.[3][4]

There was a school next to St Anthony's Church that opened in 1871 and closed in 1971.[5] The building is now the parish hall.[6]

Grade I listed Broadleys by Voysey, 1898

There are 34 listed buildings in the parish. The church[7] and two 1890s houses by C.F.A. Voysey (Broadleys[8] and Moor Crag[9]) are Grade I listed; Hodge Hill[10] is Grade II* and the remaining houses, barns, bridge etc. are Grade II.[11]

A mile to the north-east, the Grade II* listed Cowmire Hall (in the parish of Crosthwaite and Lyth) incorporates a 16th-century pele tower, whilst the main block of the house dates from the 17th century.[12][13] Also of note is Chapel House, Ravensbarrow Lodge, and Danes Court Cottage.[citation needed]

Cartmel Fell is the subject of a chapter of Wainwright's book The Outlying Fells of Lakeland. Wainwright names as Cartmel Fell the "elevated tangle of bracken and coppice forming [the Winster Valley]'s western flanks", and describes a walk from the church to the summit Raven's Barrow at 500 feet (150 m), which he calls "a lovely belvedere for viewing a lovely valley". He says that the cairn is locally known as Ravensbarrow or Rainsbarrow Old Man.[14] To the northwest is Heights Tarn, a small lake on private land.

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  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Information on: Cartmel Fell (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  3. ^ St. Anthony's Church, Cartmel Fell at British Listed Buildings Online
  4. ^ "St. Anthony's, Cartmel Fell". Two Valleys Churches. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  5. ^ "NOSTALGIA: Fell school that saved pupils eight mile walk". The Westmorland Gazette. 28 October 2009.
  6. ^ "Cartmel Fell Parish Hall". Action with communities in Cumbria. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Anthony (1224955)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Broadleys (1224995)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  9. ^ Historic England. "Moor Crag (1224960)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Hodge Hill (1289621)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Advanced search". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 10 August 2016. Enter parish name to search
  12. ^ Cowmire Hall at Pastscape Archived October 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Historic England. "Cowmire Hall and wall ... with gate piers (1087118)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  14. ^ Wainwright, A. (1974). "Cartmel Fell". The Outlying Fells of Lakeland. Kendal: Westmorland Gazette. pp. 42–43.