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Eaglesfield

Eaglesfield village by Barbara BallardEaglesfields history is that of an agricultural village. Limestone from a local bed was also quarried.

Eaglesfield was the birthplace of three famous people: John Dalton, in 1766, a famous theoretical scientist, mathematician, and founder of the atomic theory; in 1764 Fletcher Christian of Mutiny on the Bounty fame (just outside the village at Moorland Close, a farmhouse); and Robert Eaglesfield, (c1314-69) founder of Queens College, Oxford. The family owned the local manor and took the name of the village for their own.

Eaglesfield St Phillips by Alexander P KappThe church, St Phillips, is also called the John Dalton Memorial church. Located a mile east of the village, it was designed in 1891 by C J Ferguson. The church has a bellcote and chancel, and its stained glass window is from the Morris company, after his death, when it continued under WH Knight and JH Dearle.

Eaglesfield The Black Cock Inn by John HolmesA Quaker meeting house was built in 1711 and a Wesleyan chapel in 1845. The village has a primary school and a pub, the Black Cock Inn.

Photos by Barbara Ballard and courtesy of Alexander P Kapp , John Holmes.

Eaglesfield is located on a minor road south-west of Cockermouth between the A595 and the A5086.

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