Great Salkeld

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Great Salkeld
Great Salkeld Church - - 619118.jpg
St Cuthbert's Church
Grid reference: NY551368
Location: 54°43’29"N, 2°41’55"W
Population: 412  (2011)
Post town: Penrith
Postcode: CA11
Dialling code: 01768
Local Government
Council: Westmorland & Furness
Penrith and the Border

Great Salkeld is a small village in the Eden Valley of Cumberland, a few miles downstream and to the north-east of Penrith. The village stands on the west bank of the River Eden.

The village is believed to have been connected at one time by a bridge over the River Eden to Little Salkeld. In the Middle Ages, the village was sometimes referred to in documents as Salkeld Regis as it was at times the property of the Crown.


It is a linear village with a fine ensemble of vernacular buildings built in the attractive local red sandstone. The village's amenities are few, but include a village hall, a pub "The Highland Drove", which has won many awards for its food, and an Anglican church. Occupying an imposing central position in the village, St. Cuthbert's Church was built in the 12th century, and is remarkable for the strong defensive pele tower which was added to it circa 1380. The tower room is tunnel-vaulted and the upper floor has a doorway into the nave. The Norman doorway has similar features to that at St Bees Priory with head masks incorporated into the zig-zag pattern. The chancel and arch were restored in 1866.[1] There are 6 bells hung for full-circle ringing.[2]

Great Salkeld Rectory, of mediæval origins but modified in 1674 by Thomas Musgrave, also incorporates a pele tower, probably of the early 15th century.[3]

The primary school, which could trace its origins back to 1515, has recently closed despite a rigorous campaign to save it.

The largest house in the parish is Nunwick Hall, built in 1892 to a design in the Tudor style by Charles John Ferguson. The local cricket team is named after it.

Surrounding hamlets

The parish of Great Salkeld includes the hamlets of Salkeld Dykes, which is divided into North and South Dykes, Halfwaywell, Inglewood Bank and Burrell Green.

Outside links

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  1. The Buildings of England - Cumbria, Matthew Hyde and Nikolaus Pevsner 2010. Yale University Press
  2. Carlisle Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers website - retrieved July 2015 [1]
  3. Great Salkeld Rectory at Pastscape