Scales, South Lakeland

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Scales
White Horse Inn, Scales - geograph.org.uk - 572688.jpg
The White Horse Inn public house, Scales
Scales is located in Cumbria
Scales
Scales
Location within Cumbria
OS grid referenceSD269722
Civil parish
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townULVERSTON
Postcode districtLA12
Dialling code01229
PoliceCumbria
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AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
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UK
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Cumbria
54°08′28″N 3°07′05″W / 54.141°N 3.118°W / 54.141; -3.118Coordinates: 54°08′28″N 3°07′05″W / 54.141°N 3.118°W / 54.141; -3.118

Scales is a small village in south Cumbria, England, around 3.5 miles south of the town of Ulverston.

The name Scales comes from the Old Norse skali, with an Old English plural *Scalas, meaning huts.

The village has a long history, proven when mesolithic human remains were discovered in a cave in a limestone outcrop known as Scales Haggs to the east of the village.

A fragment of gravestone was once discovered in Aldingham Church, which bore an inscription to one Goditha of Scales, who it appears was an abbess and was probably the daughter of the local Lord, Michael le Fleming.

The village was once home to a small local primary school called Aldingham Parochial School, which was closed down in 1994 and amalgamated with two other local schools. The symbol of the three interconnected circles is still clearly visible on the renovated building, now a house.

The village hall, officially called Aldingham Parish Hall is known to locals as The Malt Kiln and would once have been used to dry and ferment locally grown Barley into Malt for use in vinegar, beer and bread making. Until relatively recently, it was possible to see remnants of the old process in the building but it has since been renovated.

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