Seathwaite, Westmorland and Furness

Coordinates: 54°21′14″N 3°11′17″W / 54.354°N 3.188°W / 54.354; -3.188
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Seathwaite is located in Cumbria
Location within Cumbria
Population129 (2001)
OS grid referenceSD2296
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLA20
Dialling code01229
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
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54°21′14″N 3°11′17″W / 54.354°N 3.188°W / 54.354; -3.188

Seathwaite is a village in the Dunnerdale-with-Seathwaite civil parish in the Westmorland and Furness district of Cumbria in North West England. It is in the Lake District and part of historic Lancashire. The parish has a population of 129.[1] The village's name comes from old Norse words sef (sedges) and thveit (clearing) and may be taken to mean "Sedges clearing"; written records from 1340 spell the village as Seuthwayt.[2][3]

Nearby Seathwaite Tarn takes its name from the village, the tarn is west of the Coniston Fells and the village is further south west of the tarn. The village is north east of Hall Dunnerdale. It around the old Walna Scar road, which can be reached from the A595 in the south, or the A593 from Skelwith Bridge through the steep HardknottWrynose pass road heading north.[4]

A local landmark is the Newfield Inn, a pub that dates from the 16th century that is reputed to have been visited by William Wordsworth on his trips around the Lake District in the early 19th century.[4] Another prominent local building is the Church of the Holy Trinity which was originally built in the early 16th century. William Wordsworth visited the church and dedicated one of his 35 Duddon Sonnets to the place and to Robert Walker (1709–1802) who was parson at the church for 66 years. The church contains a memorial plaque to Walker, who was known as "Wonderful Walker" because of his long and exemplary ministry. Wordsworth refers to him in the sonnet as someone "whose good works formed an endless retinue". The church itself was completely rebuilt in 1874 due to its rundown state, it was reconsecrated in May 1875.[5][6][7][8][9]

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  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : South Lakeland Archived 2014-12-05 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 20 November 2009
  2. ^ Stuart Rae (cites book by Robert Gambles). "Lake District Walks and Photos". Retrieved 30 May 2008.
  3. ^ Gambles, Robert (1985). Lake District Place-names (2 ed.). Yorkshire: Dalesman. p. 64. ISBN 0-85206-814-X.
  4. ^ a b "Seathwaite (Duddon Valley) Cumbria the Lake District". Retrieved 30 May 2008.
  5. ^ "Newfield Inn - Seathwaite  Broughton in Furness  Cumbria". Retrieved 30 May 2008.
  6. ^ "Pubs, shop and Refreshments". Retrieved 30 May 2008.
  7. ^ "Newfield Inn, Seathwaite, Duddon Valley". Retrieved 30 May 2008.
  8. ^ "Ordnance Survey Leisure Guide - Lake District", ISBN 0-86145-192-9, Page 57, Gives information on Holy Trinity Church.
  9. ^ information on Holy Trinity Church. Archived 23 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine