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Swarthmoor Hall
Swarthmoor is located in Cumbria
Location within Cumbria
OS grid reference SD2777
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Ulverston
Postcode district LA12
Dialling code 01229
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
UK Parliament
List of places
54°11′01″N 3°07′12″W / 54.18356°N 3.12007°W / 54.18356; -3.12007Coordinates: 54°11′01″N 3°07′12″W / 54.18356°N 3.12007°W / 54.18356; -3.12007

Swarthmoor is a small village near Ulverston, in Cumbria, England. Located on the Furness peninsula, it is historically part of Lancashire.


Swarthmoor Village was named after its location on the Swarth Moor, which was formerly a marsh-covered moorland. The Swarth Moor's name was derived from the word sweart, meaning black.[1]


Before 1850 there were just a few farmsteads on Swarth Moor, and Swarthmoor Hall, which is located to the east of today's village. George Fox (1624-1691), a founder of the Quakers, came to the area in 1652 and was later allowed by Judge Thomas Fell (1598–1658) to use Swarthmoor Hall as a meeting place. Fox later purchased land from the Swarthmoor Estate to build Swarthmoor Friends' Meeting House. The modern village of Swarthmoor grew in the mid-19th century, with houses built to accommodate the workers from nearby iron ore mines, particularly the Lindal Moor Mines. Some of the houses in Fox Street were built by John Bolton ('Old Daddy Bolton'), who was a surveyor and geologist. As the village grew in size it joined with the hamlets of Cross-a-Moor and Trinkeld. In 1883 a reading room on Fox Street was opened by Lord Muncaster, as a place for local miners to read newspapers – the Reading Rooms building is now used by village organisations, its upper floor is the church of St Leonard.[2]

Swarthmoor Hall

Situated on the outskirts of the village is Swarthmoor Hall, where in 1652 George Fox founded the Quaker movement.[3]

Facilities in Swarthmoor

Swarthmoor is home to Swarthmoor Social Football Club Founded in 1946, the club has two adult teams who play in the Furness Premier League. The Junior set-up was re-formed in 2005 and has over 200 children playing ranging from 4 to 16 years old.

There is a public house in the village – The Miners Arms.


  1. ^ Eilert Ekwall (1922). The Place-Names of Lancashire. Manchester University Press.
  2. ^ "Co-Curate: Swarthmoor". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Swarthmoor Hall". Archived from the original on 23 April 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2010.

External links

Media related to Swarthmoor at Wikimedia Commons