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Village and parish
Market cross and market square with St Thomas's church behind
Milnthorpe is located in the former South Lakeland district
Location in the former South Lakeland district
Milnthorpe is located in Cumbria
Location within Cumbria
Population2,199 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSD496815
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLA7
Dialling code015395
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
54°13′37″N 2°46′23″W / 54.227°N 2.773°W / 54.227; -2.773

Milnthorpe is a village,[3] civil parish, and former market town in Westmorland and Furness, Cumbria, England. It is 7 miles (11 km) south of Kendal.[4][5] Historically in the county of Westmorland and on the A6, the village contains several old hostelries and hosts a market every Friday. The parish, which includes the village of Ackenthwaite, had a population of 2,199 according to the 2011 Census.[1]


Milnthorpe was granted a market charter in 1334, although this lapsed in the 1920s.[4]

Milnthorpe was part of the township of Heversham-with Milnthorpe, and was in Heversham parish until 1896.[4][3] The 19th-century Church of St Thomas, which overlooks The Green and The Square, was designed by Kendal architect George Webster.

Milnthorpe became a centre of business and activity because it was originally a port, using the River Bela and estuary (now only navigable to Arnside) and it remains a significant commercial centre for the area.


Tourism is a major contributor to the local economy. Milnthorpe had coaching inns on the main road north, the modern A6.[6][7] The village used to be a major traffic bottleneck before the opening of the M6 motorway in 1970, and the A590/A591 Kendal link road a few years later. The congestion at Milnthorpe' cross roads was notoriously amongst the worst in the North West.[8] The village is just outside the Arnside and Silverdale National Landscape (formerly AONB), with the River Bela forming its northern boundary.[9]

The popular children's drink Um Bongo was made in Milnthorpe by Libby's in the 1980s.[10] Milnthorpe is the home of Duralon Combs, a comb manufacturing business over 300 years old.[11] Big Fish Internet Ltd (formerly BF Internet, now trading as BFI) was founded in Milnthorpe in 1996 and is now located 2 miles away in Sandside;[12] it describes itself as the longest-established web design company in the UK.[13]

Milnthorpe market was revived in the 1980s and for some years contributed substantially to the parish council's income through stall rentals. In the 21st century the market has reduced in size, reducing the council's income, but it is still held weekly, with a monthly farmers' market.[14]


Milnthorpe is in the unitary authority area of Westmorland and Furness, in the ceremonial county of Cumbria. It is in the parliamentary constituency of Westmorland and Lonsdale, held since 2005 by Liberal Democrat Tim Farron.[15]

Milnthorpe has a parish council.[2]

From 1 April 1974 to 1 April 2023, Milnthorpe was in South Lakeland non-metropolitan district.


Milnthorpe has one secondary school, Dallam School,[16] which was graded "Needs improvement" by Ofsted in 2023[17][18] and one primary school, Milnthorpe Primary School,[19][20] rated by Ofsted as "Good" in 2019.[21]

There are three public houses in the village.[citation needed]


The Grade I listed house Dallam Tower,[22] with an estate known for its deer, stands near to the River Bela just south-west of Milnthorpe, although in the parish of Beetham. The grade II listed St Anthony's Tower[23] may be seen on the top of St Anthony's Hill to the north-east of the village centre. There are a total of nine grade II listed buildings or structures in the parish, including a footbridge over the River Bela, built in 1730 as a road bridge.[24]

Just to the north is Levens Hall, famed for its topiary.[25]


The former Leader of the Liberal Democrats (2015–2017), Tim Farron (MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale) lives in Milnthorpe.[26]

John Taylor, third president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1880 to 1887, was born in Milnthorpe and lived there until he emigrated to Canada.


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  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Milnthorpe Parish (E04002634)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Milnthorpe Parish Council". www.milnthorpeparishcouncil.org.
  3. ^ a b "Milnthorpe". www.milnthorpeparishcouncil.org. Milnthorpe Parish Council. Retrieved 5 April 2023. Milnthorpe is a large market village on the southern border of Cumbria
  4. ^ a b c "Milnthorpe | Cumbria County History Trust". www.cumbriacountyhistory.org.uk. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Arnside". www.visitlakedistrict.com. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  6. ^ "The Cross Keys Hotel". www.robinsonsbrewery.com. Retrieved 29 May 2023. a traditional coaching Inn
  7. ^ "Stay with Us". The Bulls Head Milnthorpe. Retrieved 29 May 2023. a traditional village coaching inn
  8. ^ "Milnthorpe Past & Present". St Thomas' Milnthorpe. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  9. ^ "AONB Map". Arnside and Silverdale National Landscape. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  10. ^ "1980s Libbys Um Bongo". retrotvads.com. Retro TV Ads. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2023.
  11. ^ "About: Brief history of John Dobson". Duralon. Retrieved 4 April 2023.
  12. ^ "Home page". BFI. Retrieved 4 April 2023.
  13. ^ "Why Milnthorpe has something for everyone". Great British Life. 9 March 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2023. operations director [says] "We're reasonably sure that, of all the other pioneering website companies in the UK from the early days, we're the only digital specialists still in existence"
  14. ^ Gould, Nicola (October 2014). "A Lakeland Market yearning for the good old days". Market Times. NMTF. pp. 22–23. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  15. ^ "Tim Farron". MPs and Lords. UK Parliament. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  16. ^ "Dallam School - Learning for all, learning for life". Dallam School. 9 November 2023. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  17. ^ "Dallam School". Ofsted. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  18. ^ Pye, Daniel (13 July 2023). "School told it 'requires improvement' after Ofsted inspection". The Westmorland Gazette. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  19. ^ "Milnthorpe Primary School". www.milnthorpe.cumbria.sch.uk. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  20. ^ "Milnthorpe Primary School". Families Information. Westmorland and Furness. 13 April 2023. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  21. ^ "Milnthorpe Primary School". reports.ofsted.gov.uk. Ofsted. 25 July 2022. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  22. ^ Historic England. "Dallam Tower (1086542)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  23. ^ Historic England. "St Anthony's Tower (1350009)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  24. ^ Historic England. "Footbridge over River Bela approximately 400 metres east-north-east of Milnthorpe Bridge (1081522)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  25. ^ "Levens Hall". Historic Houses. Retrieved 6 December 2023.
  26. ^ "About Tim Farron". Tim Farron. Retrieved 24 September 2015.

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