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  • Church of St. Thomas a Becket in Kirkhouse

    Church of St. Thomas a Becket in Kirkhouse

  • Clowsgill Quarry top of Hallbankgate

    Clowsgill Quarry at the top of Crossgates Road Hallbankgate

  • Tindale Tarn from the RSPB road ,there is a viewing platform near to the waters edge just off the road

    Tindale Tarn from the RSPB road ,there is a viewing platform near to the waters edge just to the left of the road.

  • Talkin Tarn with Farlam village in the distance

    Talkin Tarn with Farlam village in the distance from viewing point NY551581

  • Farlam Parish outline on Ordnance survey map

    Farlam Parish outline on Ordnance survey map

  • Lime Kiln at Forest Head Quarry

    Lime Kiln at Forest Head Quarry

  • Derelict workers cottage at Forest Head next to the Lime Kiln
  • Panorama Looking to the fells from Talkin Road

    Panorama Looking to the fells from Talkin Road

  • Map of Kirkhouse Farm and Works in 1895
  • Sheep on the Tumulus from Crossgates road Opposite the Village Hall

    Sheep on the Tumulus from Crossgates road Opposite the Village Hall

  • Panorama looking from Forest Head towards the RSPB carpark

    Panorama looking from Forest Head towards the RSPB carpark

  • Lacy Thompson Memorial Hall (Farlam Village Hall)

    Lacy Thompson Memorial Hall (Farlam Village Hall). Viewed from Crossgates Road

Farlam Parish

Farlam is a fell side parish, set at the foot of the North Pennine Fells, some 400 feet above Brampton. It falls to a large extent within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

It was the sight of these fells that prompted Francis Jollie, the early 19th century writer to say:-We now approach the mountains on the borders of Northumberland, which are heavy and disagreeable; but to atone for their bare surface and unpleasant appearance, they produce great quantities of coal and limestone (Jollie's Cumberland Guide and Directory,I8II Chap 9 route from Carlisle by the east).

It was this coal and stone that helped to provide income for the Earls of Carlisle and also led to the area being involved with the early rail development.

These disagreeable hills have a far more agreeable use today, because they are largely used for recreation with a large area under the management of the RSPB as the Geltsdale Bird Sanctuary. It is ideal for walkers and bird watchers.


A large portion of the surrounding area is OPEN ACCESS and Cumbria County Council have a very good website with a number of guided walk sheets.  

You can also obtain a map of the Public Rights of Way by following the link to Cumbria County Council 

History, Charm & Community Spirit

The Parish of Farlam originally consisted of East Farlam and West Farlam.
There are five main Villages within the parish, Forest Head, Kirkhouse, Farlam, Tindale and Hallbankgate, plus a number of Hamlets and even more smaller groups of houses that were built for workers and each house would have been one room up and one down, have now two been made into one. The Parish Church, St Thomas a’Becket is in Kirkhouse and the present church built in 1860 sits on a hill above the site where there has been a church since 1169, possibly even earlier and opposite is Kirkhouse Farm that was the heart of the Earl of Carlisle's mining and quarrying operations

Joseph Bell Snr. who’s son Joseph Bell Jr was the Chief Engineer on the Titanic and went down with the ship, lived in Farlam Village and his name has recently been added to the headstone of the family grave in the old graveyard at Kirkhouse.

Hallbankgate is the largest village in the Parish and now has the only remaining Public House, “The Belted Will”, The School, “Hallbankgate Village School”, shop, “The Hub” and Village Hall, “The Lacy Thompson Memorial Hall”

Latest Parish News

Izzy & Steve Bowles leave Hallbankgate



August 2021
Map showing the boundary of Farlam Parish

This tribute should have been included in the Autumn Village News but for some reason it was omitted.

Izzy and Steve Bowles leave Hallbankgate.

Izzy and Steve Bowles have moved to the Peak District to be nearer their daughters and grandchildren. They will be very much missed as they each made enormous contributions to the life of us all in the area.

They have lived in Hallbankgate for over twenty years. Izzy joined the Hallbankgate school governors and was Chair for seven of the nine years she was there. Her contribution to the development of the school is really appreciated by both parents and staff.

Steve became involved in the Farlam Arts & Crafts Enterprise [FACE] which brought regular plays and musicians from the Highlights scheme to the Lacy Thompson Hall. From African dancers in wellington boots to classical musicians to the the Billy Goats Gruff puppetry those who saw these performances will remember them for many years to come

He joined the Hall committee to represent FACE and stayed on the committee becoming a vital and enthusiastic member for over ten years. He was Chair for some of that time and worked with the team to renew the Hall kitchen and run numerous events. He latterly prepared the schedule for the Flower Show and coordinated with the school in the preparation and selection of the children’s classes in the show. Steve also put on the best Burns night the village has ever experienced and he himself paraded the haggis followed by a piper with improvised bagpipes made from a tape recorder and an old vacuum cleaner !

Steve has been on the Farlam Parish Council since 2008, becoming Chair in 2016. When we were all told that the old Co-op was going to be closed it was Steve, as a FPC member, who rallied the village and chaired a meeting in the Hall attended by over 100 residents to look at the possibilities of ensuring some sort of shop continued in the parish. From this meeting in 2014 Hallbankgate Hub emerged - a shop, cafe, library and post office. Both Izzy and Steve have been heavily involved with the Hub both as volunteers and in its management. Steve was on the committee as treasurer for several years. The Hub cafe’s Victoria sponge cakes he made will be sorely missed !

We now have Steve’s booklet of round walks that can start in the village which is being published by Shelia Pinder. The range of walks in it reflect Steve and Izzy’s love of the hills that surround Hallbankgate which they loved exploring while they were here.

Both Steve and Izzy have contributed so much during their time here. We wish them every happiness in their new home and hope that their memories of Hallbankgate, its beauty, its people, and even its cold winters will stay with them.

Farlam PC will lots of collaboration from other villagers!

Adult learning



August 2021
Cumbria County Council  Adult Learning  'Be Inspired' Information brochure
If you are thinking of obtaining more qualifications or perhaps a change of direction is the way forward, you may just want to learn a new skill.
The one of the following websites may be helpful.
For a whole range of courses face to face and on line then a look at the Cumbria County Council
could be the the site for you.
There are two other sites that may be of interest to you learnyay.  You can obtain past GCSE exam papers and there are numerous courses that could help advance your career.
If you are looking to change you job or you are just starting out and need help in producing a CV or interview techniques then wikijob could be the site to help.
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