Crosby Garrett

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Crosby Garrett
St Andrew's Church - - 122997.jpg
St. Andrew's Church
Crosby Garrett is located in Cumbria
Crosby Garrett
Crosby Garrett
Crosby Garrett shown within Cumbria
Population195 (2011{including Waitby})[1]
OS grid referenceNY7209
Civil parish
  • Crosby Garrett
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCA17
Dialling code01768
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°28′44″N 2°25′12″W / 54.479°N 2.420°W / 54.479; -2.420Coordinates: 54°28′44″N 2°25′12″W / 54.479°N 2.420°W / 54.479; -2.420

Crosby Garrett is a hamlet and civil parish in the Eden District of Cumbria, England. It was formerly in the county of Westmorland.

The place-name 'Crosby Garrett' is first attested in a document of 1200, where it appears as Crosseby, and in another of 1206, where it appears as Crossebi Gerard. The first name is Old Scandinavian Krossa-byr, meaning 'village or homestead with crosses'. 'Garrett' is the French personal name 'Gerard', which is ultimately of Germanic origin.[2]

In May 2010 the Crosby Garrett Helmet, a copper alloy parade helmet dating to Roman Britain, was discovered near the hamlet by a father and son using a metal detector. The helmet was sold to a private buyer at Christie's later that year for £2.3 million.


The parish contains no settlements of any size other than the village of Crosby Garrett, and much of the parish is on Crosby Garrett Fell to the south-west of the village.

The Settle to Carlisle railway passes through the parish, at the southwestern edge of the village on the 110 yd (100 m) Crosby Garrett viaduct;[3] the village once had a railway station, Crosby Garrett station, which closed in 1952.[4]

The parish church of St. Andrew has an Anglo-Saxon chancel, the remainder of the church dates between the 12th and 15th centuries. In 2010, a major restoration project was undertaken.[5]

The highest point in the parish is Nettle Hill at 382 m (1,253 ft). 54°27′51″N 2°26′18″W / 54.4642°N 2.4384°W / 54.4642; -2.4384

Crosby Garrett Helmet[edit]

In May 2010 a rare ceremonial Roman helmet was discovered by an unnamed metal detectorist not far from a Roman road near the hamlet. The copper-alloy helmet with integral mask, with the appearance of a youthful male face, and a griffin crest, is only one of three recorded finds of its kind in Britain.[6]

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  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  2. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.132.
  3. ^ "The Settle and Carlisle Railway : Ais Gill to Appleby". Crosby Garrett. Archived from the original on 2010-07-26.
  4. ^ Daniels, Gerald David; Dench, Leslie Alan (February 1963) [1962]. Passengers No More 1952–1962. Closures of stations and branch lines (PDF) (2nd ed.). Brighton: GLO. p. 11. OCLC 504319235.
  5. ^ "Crosby Garrett - St Andrew's Church". Archived from the original on 2011-05-23.
  6. ^ "Rare Roman helmet and face-mask discovered". 13 September 2010.

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