• Penrith Castle, from Hutchinson's History of Cumberland 1794. For more images see Gallery

  • Piel Castle

  • Whitehaven, Hutchinson

  • St Mary's,Wreay, by Sarah Losh 1842-4

  • Brougham Castle

The Cumbria County History Trust

Your major online resource for the history of Cumbria.

Our aim is to produce a permanent detailed record of the history of Cumbria. Together with Lancaster University we are working on the Victoria County History of Cumbria, part of a renowned national project to write the history of every place in England.

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The Cumbria County History Trust (CCHT) was launched in May 2010 to coordinate and gather resources for the Victoria County History of Cumbria project

Learn more about CCHT and VCH Cumbria

There's a page for every one of the 348 parishes and townships in the county, which can be accessed via the Interactive Map, the Township List, or via the search engine,

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Search here for cross-cutting county themes. This is a new section - there isn't much there yet, but new material will be appearing all the time, so keep re-visiting

Discover the history of Cumbria

Recent updates

Join for 'An Historical tour of Cumbria with the Mad, the Bad and the Dangerous to Know' by Eric Robso… https://t.co/ExYe5E6I6f
Here is a useful introductory paper by Dr Mike Winstanley of , available to download from the Cumbr… https://t.co/H3jaoowRoj
New AHRC funded 'Small Bills and Petty Finance' Project exploring the experiences of the poor in Cumbria under the… https://t.co/W9CL6oThms
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