|Is bounded by Brierthwaite1
Forest, Talkin, and Brampton; contains 5,680 acres, rated at £2736 15s., and the small
village of Farlam, 3 miles E.S.E. of Brampton. The soil about Milton is light and
gravelly; near Kirkhouse and Farlam hall it is loamy; but the whole parish is high, and
the surface hilly. Coal is wrought here by James Thompson, Esq., and there is
plenty of limestone in the parish, but very little burnt at present. It is divided into
the two townships of East Farlam and West Farlam, and contained, in 1841, a
population of 1035 souls - of whom, 626 resided in the former, and 509 in the latter. The Church,
dedicated to St. Thomas, is a small humble edifice, and was given by Robert de Vallibus to
Lanercost priory; but, at the dissolution, was granted to Sir Thomas Dacre, and is now in
the patronage and impropriation of the earl of Carlisle, who pays the incumbent £4 13s. a
year; but the benefice, which is a perpetual curacy, is now worth about £100 per annum,
arising from lands in Bewcastle, purchased by augmentations from queen Anne's bounty, and
£200 given by the dowager countess Gower. The parish school receives £10 10s. a year
from the earl of Carlisle, who is the principal owner of the soil; and here are a few
resident yeomen. Hallbank-gate2 and Kirkhouse
are two hamlets in East Farlam township; the former four miles E.S,E. of Brampton, and the
latter, where stands the church, is half-a-mile E. of the village. Milton is a
small village in West Farlam 1½ mile E.S.E. of Brampton.
Mannix & Whellan, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland, 1847
1. Brierthwaite is now Bruthwaite.
2. Hallbank-gate is now Hallbankgate.
29 April 2008
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