King's Meaburn

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King's Meaburn
Kings Meaburn Ford (geograph 3893267).jpg
Ford across the River Lyvennet by the village
King's Meaburn is located in Cumbria
King's Meaburn
King's Meaburn
Location within Cumbria
Population135 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceNY6221
Civil parish
  • King's Meaburn
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPENRITH
Postcode districtCA10
Dialling code01931
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°34′59″N 2°34′59″W / 54.583°N 2.583°W / 54.583; -2.583Coordinates: 54°34′59″N 2°34′59″W / 54.583°N 2.583°W / 54.583; -2.583

King's Meaburn is a small village and civil parish in Cumbria.[2] It is located 5 miles (8.0 km) from Appleby-in-Westmorland and 10 miles (16 km) from Penrith, in the valley of the River Lyvennet. The river flows just to the west of the village, and is crossed by a ford on the road to Newby and Morland.

The village is known for its annual Beer Festival at The White Horse.


Millennium plaque

King's Meaburn was thought to be an Anglo-Saxon settlement in the 7th and 8th centuries. This idea is reinforced by the fact that Meaburn is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name is derived from ”Meadburn”, which means “meadow by a stream”.

The name King's Meaburn goes back to the 12th century. The King at the time, Henry II, gave part of the village's lands to Sir Hugh de Morville, and the other part to his sister, Maud de Veteripont. Sir Hugh eventually fell out of favour with the King, after which the King reclaimed Sir Hugh's section of the land, and hence the name King's Meaburn. The land that belonged to Maud was and to this day (September 2008) is called Maulds Meaburn.

One notable event in the village was in 1745 when Charles Edward Stuart aka Bonnie Prince Charlie and some of his soldiers crossed the ford in the village on their way to rendezvous with more of his troops in Shap.

Geography and Weather[edit]

Due to the village's position relative to the nearby mountains, the village can be subject to strong winds known as the Helm Wind.


Churches in King's Meaburn include St Mary's, the Wesleyan Chapel and the New Methodist Church.


Steele's Mill is now a holiday cottage. It retains a waterwheel, three grinding stones set into a floor, and the original apple-wood cogs and gearing encased in glass.

Public Services[edit]

The village has an inn called the White Horse Inn which doubles up as a post office. King's Meaburn used to have a school until it closed down in 1983.

Location grid[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 91 Appleby-in-Westmorland (Brough & Kirkby Stephen) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2014. ISBN 9780319231302.
  • Addison, Caroline & Addison, Margaret, King's Meaburn Through the Ages

Other websites[edit]

Media related to King's Meaburn at Wikimedia Commons