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     CARTMELL, a parish and market-town in the hundred of Lonsdale, Lancaster, 10 miles from Ulverstone, and 263 from London; containing 87 houses and 1204 inhabitants. It is pleasantly situated in a woody vale on a promontory, which runs into the Irish Sea. The south-east or west sides are bounded by sands, on which there are guides to direct travellers. The northern part is called Cartmell Fell, a hilly district, and the southern part is a well cultivated valley, in the middle of which stands the town. The church is a large handsome gothic building, formerly a monastery, and contains several curious and antique monuments; the steeple is very singular, the tower being a square within a square, the upper part being set diagonally within the lower. The inside of the church is handsome and spacious, the roof supported by octagonal pillars; the choir is beautifully surrounded with stalls, and the tops and pillars elegantly carved. It has a good free grammar-school, rebuilt in 1790, but no manufacturs. Market on Thursday and Saturday; fairs, Whit-Monday, and Tuesday after 23 October. It is a curacy. - Beauties of England.
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