Kirkbride, Cumbria

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The Bush public house, Kirkbride
Kirkbride is located in Cumbria
Kirkbride shown within Cumbria
Population 489 (2011)
OS grid reference NY228564
Civil parish
  • Kirkbride
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WIGTON
Postcode district CA7
Dialling code 016973
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°53′49″N 3°12′11″W / 54.897°N 3.203°W / 54.897; -3.203Coordinates: 54°53′49″N 3°12′11″W / 54.897°N 3.203°W / 54.897; -3.203

Kirkbride is a village and civil parish in Cumbria in the north west of England. The civil parish population at the 2011 census was 489.[1] Significant remains of ancient history are close to Kirkbride including the Kirkbride Roman fort[2] and Hadrian's Wall some miles to the north. Hadrian's Wall in this western reach and the Kirkbride fort were originally of turf and timber construction due to the paucity of available stone in this part of England around the Solway Plain; the Wall was later rebuilt in stone.

The earliest recorded history of Kirkbride derives from the Roman occupation period; in 122 AD, the Romans constructed Hadrian's Wall, which incorporated the Vallum earthwork, and was initially made chiefly of turf and timber in the western reaches such as near Kirkbride. It is thought that Kirkbride Fort predates Hadrian's Wall and was built as part of the Stanegate frontier. The Wall was designed primarily to prevent entrance by small bands of raiders or unwanted immigration from the north, not as a fighting line for a major invasion according to Stephen Johnson.[3]

RAF Airfield[edit]

The former RAF Station Kirkbride airfield opened on 5 June 1939 and closed in June 1960, and has since served as a recreational aerodrome, and is used by various industries for storage and processing. An impressive array of former RAF hangars and runways remain. [4] The officers' mess became a hotel called the White Heather Hotel, and the hangars were put to civilian industrial uses..

Angerton church, 1 km north of Kirkbride
Hangar at former RAF Kirkbride, Cumbria.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Kirkbride Roman Fort
  3. ^ Stephen Johnson (2004) Hadrian's Wall, 128 pp. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc, ISBN 0-7134-8840-9
  4. ^ "Solway Light Aviation Ltd". Kirkbride Field website. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

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