Little Asby

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Little Asby
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Cottage, Little Asby
Little Asby is located in Cumbria
Little Asby
Little Asby
Little Asby shown within Cumbria
OS grid reference NY697097
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CA16
Dialling code 015396
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°28′52″N 2°28′01″W / 54.481°N 2.467°W / 54.481; -2.467Coordinates: 54°28′52″N 2°28′01″W / 54.481°N 2.467°W / 54.481; -2.467

Little Asby is a small village in Cumbria, England. Historically part of Westmorland, its name is said to be derived from the Norse words askr, meaning "ash", and by, meaning "farm".[1] A chapel at the site (St Leonard's Chapel), of which little remains, is the main reason that the village was built.[1]

Just outside the village, to the west, is Little Asby Common, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation because of the plant species that inhabit the limestone pavement areas, as well as the limestone geology of the area.[2] In chronostratigraphy, the British sub-stage of the Carboniferous period, the 'Asbian' derives its name from Little Asby Scar.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Little Asby Archived 2009-08-05 at the Wayback Machine. at the Cumbria Directory
  2. ^ Little Asby Common on the Friends of the Lake District website
  3. ^ Harland, W.B. 1990 A Geologic Time Scale 1989, Cambridge University Press p43

External links[edit]

Media related to Little Asby at Wikimedia Commons