ANY-Village - Local Information with Global Search



Post to Post Google Bookmarks Post to my Yahoo Post to Mister Wong Post to

United Kingdom
Home Home
Wikipedia & Facts Wikipedia
& Facts
Genealogy Surnames Genealogy
Guestbook Forums Guestbook
Village Hall & Events Village
Hall &
Property buy-let- share Property
Jobs & Charity Jobs &
Classified Ads & Free Classified
Ads & Free
Locally Ebay &amp;<br />Classifieds Locally
Ebay &
Dating Dating
Local Campaigns & Issues Local
& Issues
Picture Gallery Picture
Local<br />News Local
Become a local Contributor
Contributors Login
Upload pictures to Picture Gallery
Upload your Parish Magazine
Sign our Guestbook
Add your Business
Art, Music & Literature
Community Needs
Emergency Services
Genealogy Surnames
Heritage & History
House & Garden
Images & Maps
Medical & Health
Parish Council
Parish Magazines
Pet's Corner
Post Office
Schools & Education
Search the Web
Picture Gallery
Community Information
Local News
Local News
News & Newsletters
My Town/Village
Your ANY-Village
Your ANY-Village
FREE Email
Business Directory
Wikipedia & Facts
Guestbook Forums
For Sale & Free Recycling
Broadband, VOIP & ADSL
Property buy-let- share
Jobs & Charity
Classified Ads & Free
Events & Diary
Messageboards & Forum
Sports & Activities
Societies & Groups
Societies & Groups
Mothers & Toddlers
Local Charities
Local Groups & WI
Local Campaigns & Issues
Hotels and B & B
Area & Tourism
Food & Drink
Attractions & Leisure
  Featured Sites
 Tell us about your community website
Top local websites: Hunstanton   Great Chesterford   Headington
  Your Ad Here
  If you would like your business advertised here please contact us here ANY-Village Advertising  
  Local Map
Wrong map or Geo information? Let us know.
  Local Picture Gallery

  About your Area

Gleaston is a village with a population of around 400 in the Furness area of South Cumbria, situated between the towns of Barrow-in-Furness, Dalton-in-Furness and Ulverston. The history of the village can be traced as far back as the mesolithic period and it was the centre of the manor of Muchland in the Middle Ages. Today it is largely a commuter village for the nearby towns, but its past is still visible in the remains of Gleaston Castle and Gleaston Water Mill, which is open as a tourist attraction.

Eek Lonnin (aka Hook Lane) just south of the village
Eek Lonnin (aka Hook Lane) just south of the village


[edit] Etymology

The Domesday Book of 1086 records Gleaston as Glassertun. Joan Lee suggests that this could mean 'farm by a stream' from the Brythonic glas and Old Norse tun, as there is a swift stream or beck running through the village. Alternatively it could mean 'green hill farm' from the Old Norse glas-haugr-tun.

Beacon Hill from Hart Carrs Beck
Beacon Hill from Hart Carrs Beck

[edit] Pre-History

Archaeological digs in the 1990s brought to light the ancient history of the village. Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age artifacts were found and the position of a prehistoric lake, which once covered a field between the castle and the mill, was discovered, proving that the local area has been inhabited for thousands of years.

Since the Iron Age Gleaston would probably have been inhabited by the Carvetii tribe who were based at Carlisle and covered most of modern Cumbria, or possibly the Setantii tribe from Lancashire. Both were later incorporated by the Brigantes. Successive waves of Norse, Saxon and Norman invaders and settlers have all added to the history of the local area.

[edit] Gleaston Castle

In the 13th century the Lords of the Manor of Muchland moved their seat of residence from nearby Aldingham to Gleaston and probably built a wooden hall on the site of the present castle, about 0.5km north of the village. The building that stands today was begun in the late 13th century but was much extended between 1325 and 1350 under the control of the first Baron of Aldingham, John de Harrington. The castle would have originally consisted of a quadrangular courtyard surrounded by high curtain walls, with substantial towers at the four corners. The north western tower would have contained the great hall and Lord's apartments. The castle was quickly built and quickly fell into disrepair, and was abandoned in 1451 when the family line died out and the manor eventually passed to the crown.

[edit] Gleaston Water Mill

Just north of the village is Gleaston Water Mill. Now a tourist attraction, the mill would once have been used to grind wheat, barley and oats for farmers throughout the Furness area. The present mill was built in 1774 on the site of an earlier one and its water wheel and milling machinery are still in working order. The Mill is privately owned and was restored in the early 90's and preserved for posterity. Also on the site are the Dusty Millers restaurant and Pigs Whisper country store.

[edit] The Village Now

Much of the village that can be seen today is twentieth century. Since the 1960s the village has experienced a small scale population explosion. Previously there were five farms within the village itself as well as a pub, post office, Co-op and police station, most of which were 19th century buildings. The oldest remaining buildings all date from the 17th century and there are numerous 18th century buildings.

Today, all the amenities and the five farms have disappeared and all the buildings have been converted into dwellings as Gleaston gradually became a communter village for nearby Barrow and Ulverston. Most of the fields and large gardens in the village were also given over to development as pressure rose in the 1970s and 80s to provide the growing number of workers at Vickers (now BAE Systems), Glaxo and Furness General Hospital with homes. Gleaston even has its own small estate called Mounts Meadow.

The village has its own large village green, a small football pitch, a community hall and a children's playground, which are all owned and run by the villagers themselves. Every year a sports day and barbecue is held to raise funds and for locals to meet and enjoy themselves and the village has its own bonfire and fireworks diplay every November 5. In the year 2000, to celebrate the millennium a short walk was created in a small piece of woodland adjacent to the green, behind the beck.

[edit] Gleaston Website

To find out more about village life in Gleaston go to the new Gleaston Village website at

[edit] References

  • Lee, Joan Place Names of Cumbria

Coordinates: 54°07'N, 3°08'W

(Source: Wikipedia)
  Latest News

Work for us - We are looking for enterprising, community-minded people with time and a digital camera to help populate our local websites.

  Latest Additions in ANY-Village

We are currently working on the Gleaston profile and would be pleased to receive contributions from anyone who knows it well.

Contributor Login
Password Reminder
Join the Contributor Community Now
ANY Web Spacer
Online Hotel Reservations

Online Hotel Reservations

About us   «»  FAQ   «»  Guestbook   «»  Add a link   «»  Business Directory
Find local businesses and services in Gleaston with ANY-Village.
Please read our FAQs and contact us if you have any questions or comments about this web site.
Visit our ANY-Village Site in:   United States     United Kindom     Switzerland
Privacy ]  [ Anti-Spam ]  [ Disclaimer ]  [ Copyright ]  
Copyright © 1999-2019 ANY-Web Ltd. All rights reserved.