Temple Sowerby

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Temple Sowerby
Temple Sowerby
Grid reference: NY6127
Location: 54°38’15"N, 2°36’14"W
Population: 528  (2011)
Post town: Penrith
Postcode: CA10
Dialling code: 01768
Local Government
Council: Westmorland & Furness
Penrith and The Border

Temple Sowerby is a village in Westmorland, beside the River Eden. It is in the very north of the county close by the border with Cumberland, here defined by the Crowdundle Beck, which stream joins the Eden just north of Temple Sowerby. The village is close to the main east–west A66 road about eight miles east of Penrith, which stands just over the border in Cumberland.

At the centre of the village is the village green surrounded by cottages and houses, the village hall, Church of England primary school and a public house and hotel. Just outside the village stands the cricket pitch, a bowling green, the new doctors surgery and the Temple Sowerby garage.

Nearby by is Acorn Bank, a National Trust property which dates back to the days of the crusades when a member of the Knights Templar lived there. The village's association with the Knights Templar gave it the name 'Temple'. Sowerby is Viking for "a homestead with poor soil".

Transport links

Temple Sowerby railway station (now a private house) was on the Eden Valley Railway between Cliburn and Kirkby Thore.

The villagers of Temple Sowerby successfully campaigned for a bypass for the village[1] Construction began in the spring of 2006 and it was officially opened on Thursday 18 October 2007. There was a celebratory walk of the bypass route on Sunday 16 September 2007, allowing a unique opportunity to walk along the route before it was opened to traffic. The walk was extremely successful, with more than 500 people taking part.

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