Caldbeck is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Allerdale,
Cumbria, England. Historically within Cumberland, the village had 714
inhabitants according to the census of 2001, increasing to 737 at
the 2011 Census. It lies on the northern edge of the Lake District.
The nearest town is Wigton, 6 miles north west of the village. In the
last few years it has seen a massive house price boom, with many
properties more than doubling their value over a couple of years.
The village is popular with tourists from across the globe. Caldbeck's
most infamous/famous former resident is the hunter John Peel, whose
grave is in the local churchyard. American Shakespearean actress Julia
Marlowe was born in Caldbeck, daughter of the 1860s village
shoemaker. Prince Charles has visited the village several times in
the last 10 years, overseeing the launch of the Northern Fells Rural
Project, and in later years the end of the project, which became the
Northern Fells Group. A famous resident is the climber Chris
The village has a primary school situated in the area of Upton to the
south west of the village proper. The northern part of the village
centred on a large green is called Ratten Row.
The parish church is dedicated to St. Kentigern.
Caldbeck's closest fell is High Pike, which is a popular walk from the
village. It is also the starting point for many other fell walking
Within the civil parish of
Caldbeck is also the village and former
market town of Hesket Newmarket.
Approximately two miles from the village is located the Caldbeck
transmitting station, 1,106 ft television and radio broadcasting
station that covers most of northern
Cumbria and south west Scotland.
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" 'The cold stream'; ON 'kaldr', 'bekkr'. The village and parish are
named from the 'Cald Beck'..."  (ON=Old Norse). " 'bekkr'...is the
usual Lakeland name for 'stream', occurring some 200 times..."
Listed buildings in Caldbeck
^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on
2007-09-27. Retrieved 2006-09-26.
^ "Civil Parish 2011". Retrieved 26 January 2016.
Caldbeck Characters 1995 p.25 ISBN 0952600900
^ Whaley, Diana (2006). A dictionary of
Lake District place-names.
Nottingham: English Place-Name Society. pp. lx,423 p.63.
^ Whaley, 2006, p.389
Media related to
Caldbeck at Wikimedia Commons
Cumbria County History Trust:
Caldbeck (nb: provisional research only