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Arkholme motte and the west end of the
Church of St John the Baptist
Arkholme-with-Cawood is located in Lancashire
 Arkholme-with-Cawood shown within Lancashire
Population 333 (2011)
OS grid reference SD581721
Civil parish Arkholme-with-Cawood
District Lancaster
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LA6
Dialling code 01524
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Morecambe & Lunesdale
List of places

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Arkholme-with-Cawood is a civil parish of the City of Lancaster in Lancashire, England. The parish of Arkholme-with-Cawood had a population of 334 recorded in the 2001 census,[1] falling marginally to 333 at the 2011 Census.[2] The parish is north east of Lancaster and lies on the B6254 road.


Arkholme is a small village forming part of a cluster of sites along the Lune Valley, each with evidence of a motte – as with Melling and Whittington. Arkholme has no surviving bailey. This is the densest distribution of Norman castles outside of the Welsh border countryside.

It was served by the Furness and Midland Joint Railway line, until 1960. A tunnel took the line from Wennington (where it connected with the Midland Railway) to Melling, the next station being at Arkholme.

Thankful Village

Arkholme is one of only two Thankful Villages in Lancashire – those rare places that suffered no fatalities during the Great War of 1914 to 1918. This small village sent by far the biggest number from one village and parish off to war – 59. It is remarkable that all 59 returned to their homes. A nearby village, Nether Kellet, 5 miles to the south west, sent 21 men and it, too, is a Thankful Village – all their men returned.

According to an article on the BBC website ([1]), Arkholme and Nether Kellet were also doubly Thankful Villages. If this is the case, it makes Lancashire the only county with more than one Thankful Village where all Thankful Villages are also doubly thankful (Thankful Villages).

Arkholme Village Hall, designed by Mason Gillibrand Architects of Caton, Lancaster, was completed in 2004 and won an RICS Community Benefit Award in 2005.


In the village is the 15th-century Church of St John the Baptist.[3]


Cawood was originally the forest owned by the Lords of Hornby, hence the "wood" in its name.[4]


Arkholme was the one of the first places connected to the Broadband 4 Rural North high speed broadband network.[5]

See also


  1. "Parish headcount" (PDF). Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 10 January 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Parishpopulation 2011". Retrieved 7 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. St. John the Baptist
  4. British History Online
  5. Jackson, Mark (22 January 2013). "Fibre Eating Mice Delay First 1Gbps B4RN Broadband Links in Arkholme - ISPreview UK". ISP review. Retrieved 1 March 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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