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Aira, Matterdale
civil parish:-   Matterdale (formerly Cumberland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   locality
coordinates:-   NY404205 (roughly) 
1Km square:-   NY4020
10Km square:-   NY42

evidence:-   old text:- Clarke 1787
placename:-  Airey
source data:-   Guide book, A Survey of the Lakes of Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, written and published by James Clarke, Penrith, Cumberland, and in London etc, 1787; published 1787-93.
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"Tradition tells us, that the adjoining lands, which go by the name of Airey, were formerly the property of a chieftan who fell in battle: upon this, his servants, five in number, divided their late master's estates amongst themselves, each taking such a parcel of ground as should include an equal value, and partake of every variety of soil."

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