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Threlkeld is located in Cumbria
Location within Cumbria
Population423 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceNY3125
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townKESWICK
Postcode districtCA12
Dialling code017687
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
54°37′09″N 3°03′05″W / 54.61917°N 3.05148°W / 54.61917; -3.05148Coordinates: 54°37′09″N 3°03′05″W / 54.61917°N 3.05148°W / 54.61917; -3.05148

Threlkeld is a village and civil parish in the north of the Lake District in Cumbria, England, to the east of Keswick. It lies at the southern foot of Blencathra, one of the more prominent fells in the northern Lake District, and to the north of the River Glenderamackin.


The name is of Norse origin and is a combination of thraell, meaning slave or serf, and kelda, meaning a spring or well.[3] There was extensive Norse settlement in the area during the era of Viking expansion (790s-1066). Thraell was probably a reference to native Cumbrians subjugated by the incoming Norse.[citation needed] Historically a part of Cumberland, Threlkeld formerly had its own railway station on the Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway, on the opposite side of the valley, next to the (closed) Threlkeld Quarry, at the foot of Clough Head. Today the railway line is a footpath and cycle track. Three rows of terraced houses, which used to accommodate the quarry workers, stand near the station. The Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum is open nearby and operates the 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge[4] Threlkeld Quarry Railway for tourists to enjoy.

Two pubs are located opposite each other in the village: The Salutation and the Horse and Farrier. There is also a Coffee Shop, a vibrant Village Hall, and a small church, St Mary's, in the village.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Etymology and Origins of the Name Threlkeld, the Threlkeld One-Name Study, accessed 17 Oct 2020.
  4. ^ - Callenders Cables Construction Co. 'Sir Tom'

External links[edit]

Media related to Threlkeld at Wikimedia Commons