Parish Neighbourhood Plan
The Neighbourhood Development Plan, prepared by the Parish Council and the local community.
Allithwaite has continually grown in size over the last fifty years but has kept a community spirit which encourages many activities. The Church and School are located at the top of the hill above the Children’s Playground and nearby the Sports Fields and Community Centre cater for a variety of sports and social events. In addition to the above, the Institute, built in the mid-nineteenth century as a place of education, is still used as a home to various activities. Village committees run the above venues and are supported by the residents in raising funds.
Local businesses ensure the village continues to thrive and include a part-time Post Office at the village bowling green, a Public House, B&Bs, a wood yard and farms on the outskirts of the Village. These are the visible signs of enterprise but many more employers and self-employed people run their businesses from the Village.
Allithwaite is built on limestone. Springs in the area encouraged early settlements. Artefacts from a cave on the outskirts of the Village date to approximately 10000BC while Bronze Age remains of 2000BC have been found recently in the centre of the Village. Allithwaite is said to derive its name from Eilifr, a Norse settler in about 1000AD and thwaite is said to be a clearing in woodland. For many centuries farming and fishing were the main industries. Mary Lambert, a benefactor who lived at Boarbank Hall built the School and the Church in 1865 and from that period the Village became more established and began to flourish and grow into the Village that is here today.