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Penrith, Cumbria

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Penrith, Cumbria

Penrith is a market town and unparished area in the county of Cumbria, England. It is in the Eden Valley, just north of the River Eamont, and lies less than 3 miles outside the boundaries of the Lake District National Park. Other local rivers bounding the town are the River Lowther and the River Petteril. A partially man-made watercourse, known as Thacka Beck, flowing through the centre of the town, connects the Rivers Petteril and Eamont.
Post townPENRITH
Administrative CountyCumbria
Traditional CountyCumberland
OS GridNY5130
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionNorth West
Police AuthorityCumbria
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCumbria
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCumbria
Ambulance AuthorityNorth West
Dialling code01768
Population14,756 (2001)

Other names by which Penrith, Cumbria has been known in the past

Bereda ~ Perith ~ Peroth

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

Penrith.-- market town and par. with ry. sta., Cumberland, on river Eamont, 17½ miles SE. of Carlisle and 282 miles NW. of London, 7587 ac., pop. 9268; P.O. T.O., 3 Banks, 4 newspapers. Market-day, Tuesday. In olden times the town suffered much from the warlike incursions of the Scots. It stands on the outskirts of the Lake District, is well built, has a grammar school founded in 1340, and is a prosperous place, chiefly through its market being the centre of a large agricultural trade. By artificial means a great deal of land, formerly waste, has been made highly productive. Near the ry. sta., at W. of town, stands the ruined castle dismantled by the Parliamentarians during the great Civil War. Several interesting antiquities and fine seats are within easy distance of the town.

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