Dent, Cumbria

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Main Street, Dent.jpg
Main Street, Dent
Dent is located in Cumbria
Dent shown within Cumbria
Population785 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSD7087
Civil parish
  • Dent
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLA10
Dialling code015396
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°16′34″N 2°27′07″W / 54.276°N 2.452°W / 54.276; -2.452Coordinates: 54°16′34″N 2°27′07″W / 54.276°N 2.452°W / 54.276; -2.452

Dent is a village and civil parish in Cumbria, England. It lies in Dentdale, a narrow valley on the western slopes of the Pennines within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is about 6 kilometres (4 mi) south east of Sedbergh and about 13 kilometres (8 mi) north east of Kirkby Lonsdale.


Dent was historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire.

Both place name and dialect evidence indicate that this area was settled by the Norse in the 10th century.[2] Geoffrey Hodgson, in 2008, argued that this invasion accounts for the high frequency of the Hodgson surname in the area.[3]

Dent was the birthplace of Thomas de Dent, Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, in the early fourteenth century.

Dent was the birthplace of the geologist Adam Sedgwick in 1785.

Dentdale was one of the last Yorkshire Dales to be enclosed, Dent's Enclosure Award being made in 1859.[4]

Whilst fishing on the Dee at Dentdale in the 1840s, William Armstrong saw a waterwheel in action, supplying power to a marble quarry. It struck Armstrong that much of the available power was being wasted and it inspired him to design a successful hydraulic engine which began the accumulation of his wealth and industrial empire.

Dent, then in Yorkshire, was one of the sites for the Survey of English Dialects in the 1950s. A recording of the broadest local speech is available on the British Library's website.

The village today[edit]

The Dent Brewery is an independent microbrewery in Cowgill, just above Dent.[5]

Dent was the original site of the Dent Folk Festival and is now the site of the Dent Music and Beer Festival at the end of June. The first event was held in 2009 and was hailed as a great success.[6]

Dent railway station on the Settle and Carlisle Railway is about 4 miles (6 km) above the village at Denthead. Despite its name, it is actually in Cowgill. Nearby, the railway goes over a viaduct. It is the highest mainline station in England at 1150 feet above sea level.[7]

The long distance footpath the Dales Way passes through Dent, with various types of accommodation (pub, B & B, camping) available to walkers.[8]

The parish[edit]

The parish of Dent includes the whole of Dentdale and the side valley of Deepdale. In addition to the village of Dent settlements in the parish includes the hamlets of Lenacre, Gawthrop, Cowgill and Stone House.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  2. ^ Hedevind, Bertil (1967) The Dialect of Dentdale in the West Riding of Yorkshire (Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis)
  3. ^ Hodgson, Geoffrey M. (2008) Hodgson Saga, second edition (Standon, Hertfordshire: Martlet Books).
  4. ^ Roads and Trackways of the Yorkshire Dales, Geoffrey N. Wright, ISBN 0-86190-410-9
  5. ^ Dent Brewery website
  6. ^ Dent Music and Beer Festival website
  7. ^ "Dent - The Settle Carlisle Railway". The Settle Carlisle Railway. Retrieved 2017-11-26.
  8. ^ Accommodation on the Dales Way

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