Lonsdale  Lancashire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Lonsdale like this:

LUNE (THE), a river of Westmoreland and Lancashire. It rises near Ravenstonedale in Westmoreland; runs southward, past Tebay, Howgill, Kirkby-Lonsdale, and Tunstall, to Hornby; proceeds southwestward, past Caton and Lancaster, to the Irish sea, 6 miles SW of Lancaster; has a total course of about 45 miles; is navigable from the sea to Lancaster; and has excellent salmon-fishing. ...

Its valley, from end to end, is picturesque; and presents a rich variety of scenery, at first mountainously grand, afterwards openly beautiful. Fixed lights, for guiding the entrance of its navigation, stand on Cockerham promontory and Plover Scar rock; were put up in 1847; and are at heights of respectively 54 and 20 feet.

Lonsdale through time

Lonsdale is now part of Lancaster district. Click here for graphs and data of how Lancaster has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Lonsdale itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lonsdale, in Lancaster and Lancashire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 24th July 2024

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