Businesses in Plumbland Towns and Villages of Cumbria

Plumbland

Plumbland cottages courtesy of Graeme DougalPlumbland is an Allerdale farming village with a typical long main street. On the slopes beyond the northern fells, it has views of Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland.

Man has occupied this spot since prehistoric times. Coal mining and lime quarrying were local industries, and lime kilns were sited nearby.

Plumbland St Cuthberts Church courtesy of Graeme DougalOn the edge of the village, St Cuthbert, a Victorian church of 1870-71, occupies a place where a Norman church of 1130 and a 8th century Saxon church once sat. The original church was supposedly built on the site where the body of St Cuthbert rested during its journey to save it from warring Danes 870-890. Parts of the earlier church survive: a doorway reset in the porch and a chancel arch, a 13th century piscina and the vestry doorway. Two Viking hogback tomb fragments are decorated with Anglo-Danish style dragons.

Plumbland school across field courtesy of Graeme DougalThe grammar school was built in 1799. It consisted of two rooms, each 42 feet by 24; in one classics were taught; in the other English, writing and arithmetic.

Legend has it that Plumblands village stream turned red when Charles I was beheaded. Plumbland remains the typical farming village of past centuries.

Photos courtesy of Graeme Dougal

Plumbland is located on a minor road off the A595 or the B5301 south of Aspatria.

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