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     LONGTOWN, a township in the parish of Arthuret, Eskdale ward, Cumberland, 7 miles from Carlisle, and 310 from London; it contains 176 houses and 1335 inhabitants, of whom 648 were employed in various trades and manufactures. Longtown lies on the borders of Scotland, near the conflux of the Esk and Liddel. It has a good charity school, with a market on Thursday. Fairs Thursday after Whitsunday, Thursday after Martinmas, and 22d of November. At the north end of the town is a good stone bridge over the river Esk. The houses are built in the modern stile, and the streets are regular and spacious. It is the property of sir James Graham. - Housman's Tour in Cumberland.
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