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Shap, Cumbria

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Shap, Cumbria

Shap is a linear village and civil parish located among fells and isolated dales in Eden district, Cumbria, England. The village lies along the A6 road and the West Coast Main Line, and is near to the M6 motorway. It is situated 10 miles from Penrith and about 15 miles from Kendal.
Post townPENRITH
Administrative CountyCumbria
Traditional CountyWestmorland
OS GridNY5615
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionNorth West
Police AuthorityCumbria
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCumbria
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCumbria
Ambulance AuthorityNorth West
Dialling code01931
Population1,221 (2001)

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

Hepe ~ Heppe ~ Shape

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

Shap, market town and par. with ry. sta., Westmorland, 12 miles SE. of Penrith - par., 27,177 ae. (310 water), pop. 1416; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Market-day, Mondy. Shap is a place of considerable antiquity, and has endowed schools for boys and girls, and fairs in May and September; the chief features are the church of St Michael, a 13th century structure, and the ruins of Shap Abbey, founded about the close of the 12th century. The town has risen into notice as a watering-place and summer resort for invalids. A mineral spring, with suits of baths and a large hotel, is situated in a hollow of Shap Fell, 3½ miles S. of the town. Large granite quarries give employment to the inhabitants; blne slate and limestone are also worked. In the neighbourhood are some Druidical remains of great interest.

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