Little Town, Cumbria

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Little Town
Little Town from Cat Bells.jpg
Little Town seen from Catbells. Newlands Church is just visible at the top left edge of the photograph.
Little Town is located in Cumbria
Little Town
Little Town
Location within Cumbria
OS grid referenceNY233196
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKeswick
Postcode districtCA15
Dialling code01768
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
WebsiteAbove Derwent
List of places
54°33′57″N 3°11′07″W / 54.5657°N 3.1852°W / 54.5657; -3.1852Coordinates: 54°33′57″N 3°11′07″W / 54.5657°N 3.1852°W / 54.5657; -3.1852

Little Town is a hamlet in the civil parish of Above Derwent, in the Allerdale district of Cumbria, England. It is in the Workington constituency of the United Kingdom Parliament and the North West England constituency of the European Parliament.[1]

Little Town is in the Lake District National Park. It is in the Newlands Valley, separated from Derwent Water to the east by the summit of Catbells. The hamlet is about 5.5 miles (9 km) by road from Keswick.[2]


The tiny 16th-century Newlands Church is about 500 yards (460 m) west of Little Town. William Wordsworth visited this church in 1826 while on a walking tour of the fells, and that he was so impressed by his first glimpse of the church through half-opened leaves that he wrote a stanza in his poem To May.[3]

Children's author and illustrator Beatrix Potter set The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (1905) in and around Little Town. The tale's child heroine Lucie was inspired by the real world one-year-old Lucie Carr, the daughter of the vicar of the Newlands Church. In the tale, Lucie lives at Little-town farm, although the real Lucie lived at Skelgill.[4]


  1. ^ "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Newlands Valley, Cumbria". Visit Cumbria. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Newlands Church, Cumbria". Visit Cumbria. Archived from the original on 3 January 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  4. ^ Taylor, Judy; Whalley, Joyce Irene; Hobbs, Anne Stevenson; Battrick, Elizabeth M (1987). Beatrix Potter, 1866–1943: The Artist and Her World. F. Warne & Co and The National Trust. pp. 120–3. ISBN 0-7232-3561-9.