Kirkby Lonsdale

Kirkby Lonsdale

infobox UK place
country = England
latitude= 54.2019
longitude= -2.5971
official_name= Kirkby Lonsdale
population = 2,534
shire_district= South Lakeland
shire_county = Cumbria
region= North West England
constituency_westminster= Westmorland and Lonsdale
postcode_district = LA6
postcode_area= LA
dial_code= 015242
os_grid_reference= SD610786

Kirkby Lonsdale is a small town in Cumbria, England, on the River Lune. It is situated thirteen miles (21 km) south-east from Kendal along the A65.

The South Lakeland town is noted for the Devil's Bridge over the River Lune, dating from around 1370 and constructed of well masoned fine gritstone. It consists of three spans, the western two measuring 17 m (54 ft 8 in) each and the eastern one 8.8 m (29 ft). The piers are hexagonal, measuring 18 m (60 ft) round. A great flood will easily reach the base of the arches and run over the tops of the cutwaters. In common with many bridges of the same name, legend holds that the Devil appeared to an old woman, promising to build a bridge in exchange for the first soul to cross over it. When the bridge was finished the woman threw bread over the bridge and her dog chased after it, thereby outwitting the Devil. Several large stones in the surrounding area, including the Great Stone of Fourstones, are ascribed to the Devil's purse-strings bursting open as he ferried masonry to build it.

Other notable buildings include St Mary's Church, a Norman structure with fine carved columns. The view of the River Lune from the churchyard is known as Ruskin's View; it was praised by John Ruskin and painted by J. M. W. Turner.

The town is famous as a motorbike enthusiast's meeting place; this happens every Sunday at Devil's Bridge.

A further feature of Kirkby Lonsdale is Queen Elizabeth School, a secondary school specialising in the performing arts, sports and languages. The school is situated on Biggins Road, and takes students from ages 11-18.

A two-day Victorian Fair is hosted in the town each September. The streets are closed to traffic and filled with traders' stalls, craft demonstrations and entertainment, while visitors are encouraged to wear Victorian dress.

External links

* [ Kirkby Lonsdale Community Site]
* [ Kirkby Lonsdale, Historic Market Town]
* [ Illustrated guide to Kirkby Lonsdale]

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