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Askham, Cumbria

Askham is a village and civil parish in the Eden District of Cumbria, England. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 360. It is situated in the eastern edge of the Lake District National Park, about 5 miles south of Penrith. Nearby are the remains of Lowther Castle, the site of the annual Lowther Show, a three-day event of country pursuits. Many public houses, such as the 'Punch Bowl', have old beams with splits in them where coins are forced 'for luck'.
DistrictEden
Post townPENRITH
Administrative CountyCumbria
Traditional CountyWestmorland
OS GridNY5123
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionNorth West
CountryEngland
Police AuthorityCumbria
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCumbria
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCumbria
Ambulance AuthorityNorth West
Dialling code01931
Population360 (2001)
 

Askham, Cumbria in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Askham, par., township, and seat, N. Westmorland, 5 miles S. of Penrith, 4484 ac. (23 water), pop. 513; P.O.

Askham, Cumbria in "A Topographical Dictionary of England" edited by Samuel Lewis (1848)

ASKHAM (St. Peter), a parish, in West ward and union, county of Westmorland, 4¾ miles (S.) from Penrith; containing 635 inhabitants. It comprises 4264 acres, of which 2049 are tithable, 2150 wood and common, and 65 tithe-free; the surface is partly undulated and partly hilly, and the soil rests principally on limestone and peat. The river Lowther bounds the parish on the east, and the Dale beck on the south. The living is a discharged vicarage, endowed with a portion of the rectorial tithes, and valued in the king's books at £6; net income, £156; patron, and impropriator of the remainder of the great tithes, the Earl of Lonsdale. The tithes have been commuted for £238. 17., of which £114. 5. are payable to the impropriator, and £124. 12. to the vicar: the glebe comprises 56 acres. A school was endowed in 1813, with subscriptions amounting to £420, part of which has been vested in the purchase of land.

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