Knock, Cumbria

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Road junction at the western end of Knock village (geograph 4573723).jpg
Road junction at the western end of Knock village, with Knock Pike visible behind.
Knock is located in Cumbria
Location within Cumbria
OS grid referenceNY679270
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCA16
Dialling code017683
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°38′13″N 2°29′46″W / 54.637°N 2.496°W / 54.637; -2.496Coordinates: 54°38′13″N 2°29′46″W / 54.637°N 2.496°W / 54.637; -2.496

Knock is a small village in the Eden district of Cumbria, England and 1.90Km northwest of the larger village of Dufton and 3.08Km south of the village of Milburn. It lies midway between Cross Fell to the north and the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland to the south.[1][2] Knock is situated 1Km east of the small hamlet and Farm, Knock cross (X)

History, Geography and Etymology[edit]

The place-name 'Knock' is first attested in a Yorkshire charter from between 1150 and 1162, where it appears as Chonoc-salchild. It appears as Knok in an Inquisition post mortem of 1323. The name means 'hillock', from the Brittonic *cnuc,[3] Old Irish cnocc or Irish cnoc; an apparent reference to the nearby Knock Pike, which is 1,306 feet high,[4] and can be seen in the photo to the right. Circa 1870, it had a population of 197 as recorded in the Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales.[5] Knock is also shown on Thomas Jefferys's 1770 map of Westmorland.

Knock once had a Methodist chapel, but that was closed and the chapel at Dufton was renamed "Dufton with Knock Methodist Church". The former chapel in Knock was gutted in a fatal fire in April 2018 that killed two people.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Knock,Cumbria UK Villages entry for Knock
  2. ^ The Cumbria Directory entry for Knock
  3. ^ James, Alan. "A Guide to the Place-Name Evidence - Index Of Place Names" (PDF). The Brittonic Language in the Old North. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  4. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.282.
  5. ^ "History of Knock, in Eden and Westmorland". Vision of Britain. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  6. ^ BBC Look North, 2.4.18