Temple Sowerby

Temple Sowerby is a village and civil parish in Cumbria, northern England. It is close to the main east–west A66 road about 8 miles (13 km) east of Penrith in the Eden Valley.

Temple Sowerby
Temple Sowerby
Temple Sowerby is located in Cumbria
Temple Sowerby
Temple Sowerby
Location within Cumbria
Population528 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceNY6127
Civil parish
  • Temple Sowerby
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townPENRITH
Postcode districtCA10
Dialling code01768
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
54°38′15″N 2°36′14″W / 54.637577°N 2.603852°W / 54.637577; -2.603852Coordinates: 54°38′15″N 2°36′14″W / 54.637577°N 2.603852°W / 54.637577; -2.603852

At the centre of the village is the village green surrounded by cottages and houses, the village hall, Church of England primary school and a public house and hotel. Just outside the village stands the cricket pitch, a bowling green, the new doctors surgery and the Temple Sowerby garage. The National Trust property Acorn Bank is nearby, which dates back to the days of the crusades when a member of the Knights Templar lived there. The village's association with the Knights Templar gave it the name 'Temple'. Sowerby is Viking for "a homestead with poor soil".



Temple Sowerby railway station (now a private house) was on the Eden Valley Railway between Cliburn and Kirkby Thore.


The villagers of Temple Sowerby successfully campaigned for a bypass for the village[2] Construction began in the spring of 2006 and it was officially opened on Thursday 18 October 2007. There was a celebratory walk of the bypass route on Sunday 16 September 2007, allowing a unique opportunity to walk along the route before it was opened to traffic. The walk was extremely successful, with more than 500 people taking part.

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  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 21 June 2011.
  2. ^ A66 Temple Sowerby Bypass and Improvements at Winderwath Archived 2006-05-29 at the Wayback Machine

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