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Beck Head cottages - geograph.org.uk - 958174.jpg
Cottages at Beck Head
Witherslack is located in South Lakeland
Location in South Lakeland
Witherslack is located in Cumbria
Location within Cumbria
Population499 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSD4483
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLA11
Dialling code015395
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
54°14′42″N 2°51′32″W / 54.245°N 2.859°W / 54.245; -2.859Coordinates: 54°14′42″N 2°51′32″W / 54.245°N 2.859°W / 54.245; -2.859

Witherslack is a small village and former civil parish, now in the parish of Witherslack, Meathop and Ulpha, in the south of Cumbria. It lies on the north eastern side of Morecambe Bay, England. The eastern side of the village borders Whitbarrow Scar with Yewbarrow, which is a small limestone hill, located in the centre of the village.

In the 2001 census the former parish had a population of 482,[2] increasing at the 2011 census to 499.[1]

Witherslack is quite scattered with four distinct areas. Townend, Mill Side, Beck Head and the school/church. Townend is traditionally considered the centre of the village and contains the local pub, The Derby Arms, and the Community Shop. Mill Side is the location of the old Mill and still contains the mill pond. Beck Head lies to the north of Mill Side and is where a small river emerges from the limestone escarpment adjacent to Whitbarrow. The area of the village with the Dean Barwick School and St. Paul's church lies to the west of Yewbarrow.


St Paul's Church is the only place of worship in the village.

The newly refurbished Derby Arms has several real ales and a selection of good food.

Witherslack also has a community shop which has the usual provisions and is also an outlet for local produce.


There are two schools in Witherslack;

  • Dean Barwick Primary School which is a forest school that uses the natural area surrounding it to educate.
  • Oversands School which provides education for children with behavioural and associated learning difficulties.


Witherslack sits on slate with carboniferous limestone forming the outcrops of Whitbarrow and Yewbarrow. The village gives its name to nearby wetland, Witherslack Mosses.


Nether Hall

East of the church and north of Townend lies Nether Hall, which was the 15th-century home of the Harrington family. The present 16th- and 17th-century building incorporates walls 5 feet thick, which are probably the remains of a pele tower.[3]


Witherslack was formerly a township and chapelry in Beetham parish,[4] from 1866 Witherslack was a civil parish in its own right[5] until it was abolished on 1 April 2015 and merged with Meathop and Ulpha to form "Witherslack, Meathop and Ulpha".[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Witherslack Parish (E04002662)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  2. ^ UK Census (2001). "Local Area Report – Witherslack Parish (16UG079)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  3. ^ Nether Hall at Pastscape
  4. ^ "History of Witherslack, in South Lakeland and Westmorland". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Relationships and changes Witherslack CP/Tn/Ch through time". A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Cumbria Registration District". UKBMD. Retrieved 31 December 2021.

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