Township in Ulverston parish, Lonsdale hundred, Lancashire North of the Sands. Merged with Blawith to form Blawith and Subberthwaite CP 1986.


1,236 acres [500 ha] in two parts: Lower Subberthwaite (397 acres [160 ha]), covering Stennerley and Gawthwaite, separated from rest by Gawthwaite Moor and Combs (330 acres [134 ha]), moorland intercommoned with Lowick.


rising from 90 in 1801 to peak of 163 in 1831; remaining at c.150 until 1880s, then falling to 70 in 1981 (last census year for which separate figure available).


part was held of manor of Broughton in Furness (q.v.) but Subberthwaite was termed a manor in 1769-70.


farming; blue slate quarrying: extensive quarry at Gawthwaite Moor from early 19th century to mid-20th.

Places of worship:

mission room at Gawthwaite (also used as reading room) built 1868; closed later 20th century and converted to dwelling.

Schools and other institutions:

school said to have been founded c.1778 but appears not to have survived.