Shap Rural

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Shap Rural
Shap Rural - Shap Abbey.jpg
Shap Abbey
Shap Rural is located in Cumbria
Shap Rural
Shap Rural
Location within Cumbria
Population130 (2011)
OS grid referenceNY5415
Civil parish
  • Shap Rural
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPENRITH
Postcode districtCA10
Dialling code01931
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°30′07″N 2°43′16″W / 54.502°N 2.721°W / 54.502; -2.721Coordinates: 54°30′07″N 2°43′16″W / 54.502°N 2.721°W / 54.502; -2.721

Shap Rural is a very large, but sparsely populated, civil parish in the Eden District of Cumbria in England, covering part of the Lake District National Park. It had a population of 119 in 2001,[1] increasing to 130 at the 2011 Census.[2]

Within the parish are the hamlets and settlements of Wet Sleddale, Hardendale and Swindale, most of the Shap Fells range and the reservoirs of Haweswater (part) and Wet Sleddale. The village of Mardale Green, which disappeared when Haweswater was converted into a reservoir in the 1930s, was in the parish.

The parish was created in 1906 with the splitting of the former civil parish of Shap into urban and rural parts. Shap Urban, or now simply Shap, was administered by an urban district council from 1906 to 1935. Shap and Shap Rural today have a joint parish council.

Major landowners in the parish are the Lowther Family Estates and United Utilities.

Junction 39 of the M6 motorway lies within the parish.

Shapbeck Limestone quarry owned by Hanson plc is in the northern part of the parish though the Hardendale Corus limestone quarry and works and the famous Cemex (formerly RMC) Shap Granite quarries and works are within both Shap Rural and Shap parishes.

The cottage owned by Uncle Monty in the cult 1986 film Withnail & I is located by the reservoir at Wet Sleddale.[3]

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  1. ^ Shap Rural, 2001 census, Parish headcounts
  2. ^ "Civil Ward population 2011". Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  3. ^ Tyzack, Anna (21 January 2009). "Withnail's 'Horrible little shack' under the hammer". London: Retrieved 27 September 2011.