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St James Church, Uldale
Grid reference: NY249369
Location: 54°43’20"N, 3°10’0"W
Post town: Wigton
Postcode: CA7
Dialling code: 016973
Local Government
Council: Allerdale

Uldale is a small village in Cumberland. It is about five miles from Caldbeck and two miles from Ireby. The Uldale Fells are in the vicinity,[1] and to the southeast are Chapelhouse Reservoir and Over Water.

Uldale has a place in literature as the occasional home of Judith Paris, a heroine of the 'Herries Chronicles', the saga of a Cumberland family written by Hugh Walpole in the 1930s.

Sights of the village

St James' Church (the "old church") is located one mile outside Uldale yet only half a mile from Ireby. It is a Grade II listed building.[2]

A school was founded in 1726 on the current site of Dale House, but later moved to a larger building funded by the Cape family and many local famIlies. The Old School was opened in 1895 but allowed to fall into disrepair in later years. The building was set for demolition before being saved and transformed into Mae's, a tea room, restaurant and gallery.

There is a public house in the village, and also the Black Lion in Ireby which serves bar meals.

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Uldale)


  1. Nuttall, John; Nuttall, Anne (1995). The Tarns of Lakeland: East. Cicerone Press Limited. p. 13. ISBN 978-1-84965-246-9. https://books.google.com/books?id=6LK7ODv3MZUC&pg=PA13. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  2. Church of St James - British Listed Buildings