Dearham

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Dearham
Cumberland
Dearham Village Hall - geograph.org.uk - 616179.jpg
Dearham Village Hall
Location
Grid reference: NY075365
Location: 54°42’38"N, 3°26’34"W
Data
Population: 2,151  (2011)
Post town: Maryport
Postcode: CA15
Dialling code: 01900
Local Government
Council: Allerdale
Parliamentary
constituency:
Workington

Dearham is a village in western Cumberland, two miles east of Maryport and four and a half miles west of Cockermouth, In the Ward of Allerdale-below-Derwent.. The 2011 census recorded a population of 2,151.

It is a large, strung-out village. It has one church, St Mungo's: formerly there was a Methodist Chapel, but it is now a private residence. The village has a small primary school. There are three public houses, though once there were more. There is a Village Store with Post Office on Central Road (Dearham PO & Village Store), a fish and chip shop, a hairdresser, a petrol station and a locally renowned pie shop, "The Cottage Pie".

Name

'Dearham' is from the Old English deor ham,[1] meaning "animal (or deer) homestead (or village)".

Parish church

St Mungo's Church was built in the early 12th century, a solid, stone-built edifice. It has a 13th-century chancel, nave, south porch and a 14th-century pele tower.

During restoration work carried out on the church in 1882, two stones were discovered: The first is the 4-foot-high Adam Stone, which depicts the fall and redemption of man and dates from 900 AD; the second is the Kenneth Cross, which depicts the legend of the 6th-century hermit, St. Kenneth/Cenydd.[2]

The village belongs to Cumberland's former coal mining industry. Wheat and oats were also grown in the farm fields surrounding the village.

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References

  1. Armstrong, A.M. & Mawer; A.; Stenton, F.M. & Dickins, B.: 'Place-Names of Cumberland , Part 2' (English Place-Names Society, 1950), page 283
  2. The Lakes: Dearham (University of Portsmouth)