MATTERDALE, Cumberland - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]
"MATTERDALE, a chapelry in the parish of Greystoke, ward of Leath, county Cumberland, 10 miles W. of Penrith, its post town and railway station. It is situated in a wild valley on the E. side of an extensive moor, near Ulleswater, leading to Keswick. The chapelry comprises the hamlets of Dockwray, Dewthwaite-Head, Thorneythwaite, and Matterdale End. The inhabitants are wholly engaged in agriculture. The soil is principally clay, affording only coarse pasture. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Carlisle, value £115, in the gift of the Rector of Greystoke. The church is a small structure, erected in 1685, with a tower containing one bell. There is a school for both sexes, with an endowment of £20 per annum for boys, and £8 per annum for girls. Henry Howard, Esq., is lord of the manor."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]