OUSBY, Cumberland - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]
"OUSBY, (or Ulfsby), a parish in the Leath ward, county Cumberland, 9 miles N.E. of Penrith, its post town. It is a small and straggling village, situated on a branch of the river Eden, under Cross-Fell, and near Maiden Way. It is said to have derived its name from Ulff, a Dane, who once held it. The parish, which is of large extent, comprises the hamlets of Ousbyshire, Bradley, Fell-Side, and the Row. From its elevated position among the hills, it is subject to great damage from the Helm Winds, which occur frequently from September to May, and do great injury to the corn. The soil is chiefly a red marl, or rich loam alternated with sand, upon a subsoil of red sandstone and limestone. There are veins of lead and several small seams of coal. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Carlisle, value £353, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, dedicated to St. Luke, is a stone edifice with a bell turret. The interior has effigies of a knight in wood. The living was formerly held by Robinson, the antiquarian. The charities produce about £3 per annum, which goes towards the poor-rate. There is a National school, which was erected in 1856."

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