Rockcliffe, Cumbria

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St Mary, Rockcliffe Geograph-1865973-by-Colin-Kinnear.jpg
St. Mary's Church, Rockcliffe
Rockcliffe is located in Cumbria
Rockcliffe shown within Cumbria
Population 779 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference NY3709160293
Civil parish
  • Rockcliffe
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town CARLISLE
Postcode district CA6
Dialling code 01228
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°56′44″N 3°00′10″W / 54.9456°N 3.0027°W / 54.9456; -3.0027Coordinates: 54°56′44″N 3°00′10″W / 54.9456°N 3.0027°W / 54.9456; -3.0027

Rockcliffe is a village and civil parish in the City of Carlisle district of Cumbria, England.[2] Part of the parish is a marshy peninsula between the mouths of the rivers Esk and Eden. The parish includes the settlements of Rockcliffe, Rockcliffe Cross, Floristonrigg, Todhills, Low Harker and Harker.

Rockcliffe formerly had a railway station, on the Caledonian Railway Main Line, that closed in 1965. Another station was located nearby at Floriston that closed in 1950.

Place-name meaning[edit]

Rockcliffe does not mean 'cliff by rocks' or 'rocky cliff' as many might think. The name means 'red cliff', implying a sandstone cliff-face. The name is from Old Norse rauðr meaning "red" and Old English clif for "cliff", similar to Radcliffe in Greater Manchester.


Rockcliffe is the largest parish in the electoral ward of Longtown & Rockcliffe. The ward covers the two parishes and the area in between. The total ward population at the 2011 Census was 4,123.[3]

Population of Rockcliffe Parish through time

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Philip's Motorist's Atlas: 2004, Octopus Publishing Group, London, England
  3. ^ "Longtown & Rockcliffe ward population 2011". Retrieved 24 June 2015. 

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