Sockbridge and Tirril

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Sockbridge and Tirril
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Thorpe Field
Sockbridge and Tirril is located in Cumbria
Sockbridge and Tirril
Sockbridge and Tirril
Sockbridge and Tirril shown within Cumbria
Population 415 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference NY5026
Civil parish
  • Sockbridge and Tirril
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PENRITH
Postcode district CA10
Dialling code 01768
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°37′37″N 2°46′05″W / 54.627°N 2.768°W / 54.627; -2.768Coordinates: 54°37′37″N 2°46′05″W / 54.627°N 2.768°W / 54.627; -2.768

Sockbridge and Tirril is a small civil parish in Eden District, Cumbria comprising the adjoining settlements of Tirril, Sockbridge and Thorpe. All three were once separate places but are now, in effect, a single village. They are near Penrith. The two villages are separated by a river.

The parish was formed in 1866 as Sockbridge and was previously a township in the parish of Barton.

Tirril had a Quaker Meeting House from 1668-1862.The Meeting house was built by Thomas Wilkinson (1686-1758). From 1902 the building was used as the Village Reading Room and in 1932 sold for £140. It is now a house.[2]

The boundary with the parishes of Askham and Barton also forms part of the boundary of the Lake District National Park.

The parish is mainly residential, at one time it also included a trekking centre. Sockbridge Trekking Centre provided hacks of 30mins, 1hr, 2hr and full day treks and also did lessons: Mondays for expericenced and Fridays for beginners. They did hacks for first timers to the experienced. However the centre closed in 2013 following the death of the proprietor.

In April 2017 Eden District Council approved an application to build 30 houses in Sockbridge and Tirril; a decision, which given the limited infrastructure of the villages, was strongly opposed locally.[3]

The public house in Tirril is the Queen's Head. This was the original home of the Tirril Brewery which is now, despite its name, based beneath the Pennine fells in a Grade II listed red sandstone barn in the village of Long Marton near the ancient county town of Appleby-in-Westmorland.

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  1. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 20 June 2015. 
  2. ^ David Butler 'The Quaker Meeting Houses of Britain vol 2' ISBN 0-900469-44-7
  3. ^ The Cumberland and Westmorland Herald 29.4.2017 page 9