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(See also Casterton Stone Circle)
Casterton, in Cumbria's Lune valley, has the area's typical grey stone houses. In hilly country not far from the river Lune, its name means ‘the place by a fort’, signifying that a fort may have existed here at one time, although the remains of one has never surfaced. The old Roman road was nearby as is Casterton stone circle, dating from BC2000-600. Farming is a major activity in the area.
Casterton's claim to fame is its school, ‘the school for clergymen's daughters’, mentioned in the novel Jane Eyre as Lowbridge school and based on Charlotte Bronte's experience as a pupil there. The school was first sited at Cowan Bridge. The school still functions as an independent school for girls.
Holy Trinity church, constructed in 1831-33, was originally intended as a chapel for the school. Inside are canvas painting fastened to the walls and stained glass windows by the well-known Henry Holiday.
A late 18th century pub and a golf course are two of the village's amenities. Between Casterton and nearby Kirkby Lonsdale, the devil's bridge crosses the river Lune. There are countryside walks in the area.
John Ruskin commented on Kirkby Lonsdale, “I do not know in all my country, still less in France or Italy, a place more naturally divine or a more priceless possession of the true ‘Holy Land’ than Kirkby Lonsdale.” Seeing the proximity of Casterton, perhaps the quote can apply here as well.
Photos courtesy Andy Wallace
Casterton is on the A683, one-mile northeast of Kirkby Lonsdale.
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