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Public House on the edge of Arlecdon - - 79457.jpg
The Sun Inn
Grid reference: NY049189
Location: 54°33’23"N, 3°28’15"W
Post town: Frizington
Postcode: CA26
Dialling code: 01946
Local Government
Council: Copeland

Arlecdon is a village in western Cumberland, near the coastal town of Whitehaven.

The name of the village is believed to be from the Old English 'Earn-lace denu', meaning "Eagle-stream valley".[1]

Parish church

It has an historic Grade II listed church, first built in 1829, which contains a stained glass window dedicated to Isaac Fletcher of Frizington. In 1904 the church was remodelled, with the addition of a bell tower and eight bells cast by John Taylor & Son of Loughborough.

St Michael's stands on the site of an ancient church, our earliest records are during the reign of King Henry III (1216 –72). In 1241 it was given to Calder Abbey by the then Lord of the Manor, Sir John Le Fleming

The site has a long history of ecclesiastical buildings with records from the reign of Henry III. This building is of 1829 but was drastically reconstructed in 1903- 1905. The massive tower dates from this last phase and is a dominant feature.

In 2014 it was announced that the church is to close, and the bells hopefully re-used in another church.


The village also has a 19th-century primary school and an old Sunday school.

Arlecdon church and war memorial

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Arlecdon)


  1. Armstrong, A. M.; Mawer, A; Stenton, F. M.: & Dickens, B.: 'The place-names of Cumberland' Part 2 (English Place-Name Society, vol.xxi: Cambridge University Press 1950) page 335