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     KIRK OSWALD, a market-town and parish in Leath ward, Cumberland, 7 miles from Penrith, and 292 from London; containing 139 houses and 634 inhabitants. It lies on the east side of the river Eden, near which stands the remains of a castle, once a magnificent residence. In the reign of Henry VIII. a college was founded here for 12 priests. The church is a very irregular, old building, but the belfry stands on the top of a hill away from the church, in order that the bells may be the better heard by the neighbouring villages. Near the west end of the church issues a spring. Here is a dissenting meeting-house and a charity school. Market on Thursday. Fairs Thursday before Whitsunday and 5th August. The living is a vicarage, rated at 8 l. Patron the king.
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