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Cartmell Village.jpg
Cartmel village by the River Eea
Cartmel is located in Cumbria
Cartmel shown within Cumbria
OS grid reference SD380786
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LA11
Dialling code 015395
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
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54°11′56″N 2°57′04″W / 54.199°N 2.951°W / 54.199; -2.951Coordinates: 54°11′56″N 2°57′04″W / 54.199°N 2.951°W / 54.199; -2.951
Cartmel Priory

Cartmel is a village in Cumbria, England, 2.2 miles (3.5 km) north-west of Grange-over-Sands and close to the River Eea. The village was once known as Kirkby in Cartmel, as it was the location of the church for the large parish of Cartmel. It is the location of the 12th-century Cartmel Priory. Historically in Lancashire, boundary changes brought it into the newly-created county of Cumbria in 1974.

The place-name 'Cartmel' is first attested in the Histories of Simeon of Durham, where it appears as Ceartmel and Cartmel. It also appears as Cartmel in the Pipe Rolls of 1177. The name means 'sandbank by rocky ground', from the Old Norse kartr (rocky ground) and melr.[1]

The village has more recently become known as the "home of sticky toffee pudding". This can be purchased in various sizes from the Cartmel Village Shop.[2] Its racecourse hosts popular meetings two or three times a year, traditionally in Whit Week. The ancient parish was traditionally known as the Land of Cartmel – an area quite separate from the Furness peninsula. Holker Hall, associated with the Cavendish family and the Dukes of Devonshire, is located within the original boundaries of the parish.

The village is served by the nearby Cark and Cartmel railway station opened in 1857 by the Ulverston and Lancaster Railway and which is currently served by the Furness Line.

Cartmel College at the University of Lancaster is named after the Cartmel Peninsula.

Recently, Cartmel has become noted for Simon Rogan's Michelin-starred restaurant, L'Enclume.

There are also several gift shops through the village including Hales Chocolates and Perfect English. In Unsworth's Yard there is a new micro brewery, Cartmel Cheeses and an artisan bakery.

Visitors can take a tour around Cartmel Park on a Lakeland Segway [3], and have a horse-drawn carriage ride provided by Cartmel's Black Horses.[4]

Cartmel Fell is a civil parish, hamlet, and one of Wainwright's Outlying Fells, about 7 miles north of Cartmel.


Cartmel CofE Primary School is the village primary school. Cartmel Priory CofE School takes pupils aged 11–16 from around the Cartmel Peninsula.

See also


  1. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p. 89.
  2. ^ Village Shop[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Horses Friesian Stud[permanent dead link]

External links

  • Cartmel Village Website
  • [2]
  • Walks in South Cumbria
  • Cartmel Racecourse
  • Cartmel College[permanent dead link]

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