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Not to be confused with Oxenhope.
Station Inn, Oxenholme
Oxenholme is located in Cumbria
Oxenholme shown within Cumbria
OS grid reference SD530898
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town KENDAL
Postcode district LA9
Dialling code 01539
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
CumbriaCoordinates: 54°18′06″N 2°43′25″W / 54.30163°N 2.72373°W / 54.30163; -2.72373

Oxenholme is a village in England just south of the town of Kendal, with which it has begun to merge. It is best known for Oxenholme Lake District railway station on the West Coast Main Line. Because Oxenholme does not have its own church it is technically a hamlet.


Oxenholme station opened in 1847 as Kendal Junction and renamed Oxenholme in 1860. The village grew around the station and is named after Oxenholme Farm. The Railway station has the suffix Lake District added in 1988.

The Grayrigg rail crash happened on 23 February 2007 between Oxenholme and Tebay on the West Coast Main Line.


Oxenholme is named after a farm which name suggests was a cow farm. It is pronounced Oxen-Home. The village has always been called and spelt Oxenholme.


The village is part of the Kendal civil parish.

The village is in the Kendal Oxenholme and Natland ward in South Lakeland and is currently represented by the Liberal Democrat Brenda Gray. The village is in Cumbria but before 1974 was in Westmorland. On Cumbria County Council it is part of the Kendal South ward for which the councillor is also Brenda Gray

It is part of the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency and the MP is Liberal Democrat Tim Farron. It is in the North West European Parliamentary constituency.


Oxenholme has a low crime rate; during 2009 there was only one reported crime, involving a light cable being removed from a trailer.


The village is part of the Cumbrian National Health Service area. Westmorland General Hospital, which is the local hospital, is located just outside the village.


Oxenholme Station, located in the village, is a junction between the West Coast Main Line and the Windermere Branch Line. The A65 runs through the village and is close to the M6 motorway. The village has nine bus stops and is served by routes 41, 41Q and 561.

The nearest airports are Leeds Bradford (62 miles) and Durham Tees Valley (70 miles) and Manchester Airport (78 miles)


The local newspaper covering the area is The Westmorland Gazette.

Local radio includes BBC Radio Cumbria and The Bay.

The village is covered by both the ITV Border and BBC North West TV regions.

Oxenholme in the news[edit]

Oxenholme appears in the news more often than a typical settlement its size. Most of the time it is to do with the Railway.

  • On 10 February 1965 fugitive John Middleton shot two policemen while hiding in the waiting room at Oxenholme railway station. Carlisle policemen George Russell and Alex Archibald were shot with Russell dying in hospital a few hours later.[1]
  • On 27 May 2006 Oxenholme station was the scene of a murder when a 19-year-old man was stabbed aboard a Glasgow-Paignton train as it was coming into the station. A 22-year-old man was subsequently jailed for 21 years for the murder in November 2006.[2]
  • The Grayrigg rail crash happened on 23 February 2007 when a Virgin Pendolino train derailed after it had just left Oxenholme Lake District railway station. The crash left 1 person dead, and 22 others injured.[3]

Location grid[edit]


  1. ^ Deborah Kuiper (2007-12-28). "Hero PC dies". Hexham Courant. Retrieved 2008-03-15. [dead link]
  2. ^ Guardian Unlimited (2006-10-11). "Life sentence for train murder of student". Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  3. ^ BBC News (2007-02-24). "How Cumbria rail crash unfolded". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 

External links[edit]

  • Oxenholme Past: oxenholme.oneplacestudy.org provides further information about Oxenholme's past including details of former residents, past news stories etc.