button to main menu  Old Cumbria Gazetteer
Irton Fell, Irton with Santon
Irton Fell
civil parish:-   Irton with Santon (formerly Cumberland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   hill
locality type:-   fell
coordinates:-   NY136024 (etc) 
1Km square:-   NY1302
10Km square:-   NY10

evidence:-   descriptive text:- Otley 1823 (5th edn 1834) 
item:-  geology
source data:-   Guide book, A Concise Description of the English Lakes, the mountains in their vicinity, and the roads by which they may be visited, with remarks on the mineralogy and geology of the district, by Jonathan Otley, published by the author, Keswick, Cumberland now Cumbria, by J Richardson, London, and by Arthur Foster, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, 1823; published 1823-49, latterly as the Descriptive Guide to the English Lakes.
image OT01P149, button  goto source
Page 149:-  "A variety of granite with reddish felspar, and which from a deficiency of mica, has sometimes been"
image OT01P151, button  goto source
Page 151:-  "called sienite, forms the two inferior mountain ridges, called Irton Fell and Muncaster Fell; ... It contains veins of red hematite and micaceous iron ore. ..."

evidence:-   outline view:- Linton 1852
placename:-  Irton Fell
source data:-   Print, engraving, outline views, Mountains as Seen from the Esk Viaduct, the Eskmeals Viaduct, and Mountains as Seen from the Viaduct near Drigg, the Irt Viaduct, Whitehaven and Furness Junction Railway, Cumberland, engraved by W H Lizars, Edinburgh, published by Whittaker and Co, London, and by R Gibson and Son and by Callander and Dixon, Whitehaven, Cumberland, 1852.
image  click to enlarge
Tipped in opposite p.86 of A Handbook of the Whitehaven and Furness Railway, by John Linton. 
item:-  Armitt Library : A1158.11
Image © see bottom of page

Herdwick sheep are found on the fell. Legend says that the breed arrived when a group of Herdwicks swam ashore from a wrecked Viking ship off Ravenglass.

button to lakes menu  Lakes Guides menu.