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The beautiful parish of Colton is situated in the southern area of the Lake District National Park and lies within South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria County Council's area of responsibility. It is one of the largest parishes in South Lakeland, being about 50 km2 (5000 ha or 12,500 acres), and sits between the southern end of Lake Windermere and Coniston Water, forming the southern half of the area known as The Furness Fells (click on the thumbnail image above to view map). Colton contains many fascinating historic sites and environmentally sensitive areas.
The Parish embraces 7 settlements:
A Parish is the smallest unit of church or of local government administration in rural areas. There are two types of parish:
In England a civil parish (usually just parish) is the lowest unit of local government, lower than districts or counties. Civil parishes in the modern sense were established in 1894, and although their origins are in the system of ecclesiastic parishes, they no longer have anything to do with the Church of England.
This website relates to the Civil Parish of Colton, one of 269 civil parishes in Cumbria and one of the largest (by area) in the South Lakeland District.
Colton Civil Parish is heart-shaped and stretches from Coniston Water in the west to Lake Windermere in the east, and from Greenodd in the south to an irregular northern boundary which takes in Low Parkamoor, Ickenthwaite, Thwaite Head and High Stott Park. More on Parish definitions and the history of Colton Parish
The population consists of a mixture of farmers, a large proportion of retired people, families and residents who mainly work outside the Parish and a sizeable number of holiday homes. The nature of the Parish is very diverse, split into three valleys, with the eastern side having a high proportion of tourist activities and the rest devoted more to farming.
Population and Age Structure from 2001 Census
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