Woodland, Cumbria

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Woodland - Parish Church (28 April 2006).jpg
Anglican Church of St John the Evangelist in Woodland
Woodland is located in Cumbria
Location within Cumbria
OS grid referenceSD246891
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLA20
Dialling code01229
AmbulanceNorth West
EU ParliamentNorth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
54°17′31″N 3°09′29″W / 54.292°N 3.158°W / 54.292; -3.158Coordinates: 54°17′31″N 3°09′29″W / 54.292°N 3.158°W / 54.292; -3.158
Panoramic view of the valley in which Woodland lies
Seaview Cottages at Woodland
(#2 is known as "The Old Post Office")

Woodland is a dispersed hamlet within the civil parish of Broughton West in the Furness region of Cumbria, England, and is located in the southern part of the Lake District National Park, west of Coniston Water, between Torver and Broughton-in-Furness.[1]

Woodland was served by the Woodland Railway Station which was on the now disused and lifted branch line to Coniston.[2][3] This station was opened with the line in June 1859,[4] and closed by British Railways to passengers in 1958 and goods in 1962.[2] Today the station building is a private residence.

Woodland was also served by the Aulthurstside Primary School,[5][6][7][8][9] which was endowed and first documented in 1724 when its master was nominated by the minister, trustees and sidesmen.[10] In 1828 the current school house was erected by subscription,[11] but by 1947, there were only eleven pupils, and it was closed.[12] Today the school house is a private residence and, as of 2012, a Caravan Club site with five pitches.[13][14] A Baptist Meeting House was supposedly built in the vicinity in the 17th century, and has also long since been closed.[15]

Woodland is today served only by the Anglican Church of Saint John the Evangelist from St Mary Magdalene's Church, Broughton-in-Furness in the Diocese of Carlisle, Cumbria.[16] The church building was erected in 1864–65 and parsonage in 1868-69, both to the design of the architect Edward Graham Paley. Previous buildings were erected on the same site in 1698 and 1822.[17][18] This building is not included on the National Heritage List for England.[19]

From 1900 to 1906, Sea View Cottages in Woodland was the summer residence of the artist, Henry Robinson Hall and family.[20][21]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey Map (1946) - Woodland Hamlet, Accessed 23 Aug 2013.
  2. ^ a b The Coniston Railway by Robert Western, Oakwood Press, Usk 2007. (ISBN 978-0-85361-667-2)
  3. ^ The Story of Coniston, 2nd edition, by Alastair Cameron and Elizabeth Brown, privately published, Coniston 2003. See pages 87-93.
  4. ^ Lost Lines - Anthology of Britain's Lost Railways by M.V. Searle, New Cavendish Books, 1983. p187.
  5. ^ Aulthurstside Church of England School, Broughton-in-Furness, BDS 46, Cumbria County Record Office, Barrow in Furness, 1875-1959.
  6. ^ Aulthurstside School Newspapers et al, BDTB/171, Cumbria County Record Office, Barrow in Furness, 1809-1947.
  7. ^ Aulthurstside School et al, BDTB/198, Cumbria County Record Office, Barrow in Furness, 1907-1942.
  8. ^ William Park of Lady Hall et al, BDTB/317, Cumbria County Record Office, Barrow in Furness, 1857-1938.
  9. ^ Cloakroom, Aulthurstside School, Broughton-in-Furness for G Frearson, BSRDNL/1/607, Cumbria County Record Office, Barrow in Furness, 1896.
  10. ^ Townships - Broughton, pp. 400-406 in volume 8 of A History of the County of Lancaster, 1914. Accessed 31 Aug 2013.
  11. ^ Mannex's Directory of Furness and Cartmel, 1882. Accessed 1 Sep 2013.
  12. ^ Queen of Furness in North West Evening Mail, Barrow-in-Furness 29 Apr 2011. Accessed 31 Aug 2013.
  13. ^ UK Camp Site - Old School House. Accessed 3 Sep 2013.
  14. ^ Available Pitch - Old School House. Accessed 3 Sep 2013.
  15. ^ High Furness by W.G. Collingwood, pp. 159-190 in volume 2 of Memorials of Old Lancashire, Bemrose and Sons, London 1909. Accessed 31 Aug 2013.
  16. ^ The Church of England - Woodland - St John the Evangelist, Accessed 23 Aug 2013.
  17. ^ The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin by Geoff Brandwood, Tim Austin, John Hughes & James Price, English Heritage, Swindon 2012. (ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8) See pages 221 & 223.
  18. ^ The Buildings of England - Cumbria - Cumberland, Westmorland and Furness by Matthew Hyde & Nikolaus Pevsner, Yale University Press, New Haven (Conn) 2010 (ISBN 978-0-300-12663-1) See page 697. Note: This is a combined edition of the volumes written by Nikolaus Pevsner for Cumberland (1967), Westmorland (1967) and the Furness section of North Lancashire (1969).
  19. ^ National Heritage List for England - English Heritage, Accessed 23 Aug 2013.
  20. ^ The Royal Academy of Arts: A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and Their Work from its Foundation in 1769 to 1904 by Algernon Graves, S.R. Publishers, East Ardsley 1970.
  21. ^ Aulthurstside Church of England School, Broughton-in-Furness - Admission Registers, BDS 46, Cumbria County Record Office, Barrow in Furness, 1875-1958.