Things to do in Croglin, Cumbria
Croglin is the name of a village, beck (stream) and grange in Cumbria in the UK.
Croglin is a quiet picturesque fell side village, located in Cumbria between the Pennines and the River Eden. The land around is used for agriculture; mainly sheep. There is a small river, Croglin Water which flows through the valley down into the River Eden.
A village has existed in this location for a long time and may have originally been two separate hamlets. The village hosts a church dedicated to St. John the Baptist and site dates from the Norman period, whilst the existing building dates from 1878. The design was created by J Hewison of Edinburgh. There is a post office which operates two mornings a week and a pub, the Robin Hood.
Due to the location of the village in its proximity to the Scottish borders the village was attacked and raided on numerous occasions in the 1400's. The lower two stories of a Pele tower still exist as testament to the need for defence.
There is a local tale of a vampire which is associated with the local area. The tale has many versions, some of which have accurate local details, many of which are available on other sites.
Croglin was also the original place of Croglin Toys which is an independent toymaker, which has now moved to larger premises in Lazonby. Originally set up in 1980 in a front room it has now grown to need a larger workshop and a small shop. The father and son team make an interesting range of other designs as well.
Description by Joe Butler
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