Milnthorpe is a large village and electoral ward within the South Lakeland district of Cumbria, England. Historically part of Westmorland and straddling the A6 road, the town contains several old hostelries and hosts a market in The Square every Friday.
Milnthorpe is the site of the 19th-century Church of St Thomas, which overlooks The Green and The Square. Prior to its construction Milnthorpe was in the parish of Heversham.
Milnthorpe became a centre of business and activity because it was originally a port, using the River Bela and estuary (now only navigable to Arnside), and it remains a significant commercial centre for the area. Explosives and gunpowder were shipped from Sizergh down the river to the estuary. When the Kent railway viaduct was built, it closed the shipping corridor to the town, and the estuary silted up. Watermills also made use of the river and gave the town the first part of its name.
Milnthorpe is an ancient village of limestone buildings, arranged in nooks and crannies and along narrow lanes. Visitors passing through on the A6 heading towards Kendal in the north or Lancaster in the south might overlook this gem, whose narrow lanes and historic, beautiful buildings recall a time when a coach and four was more common than a four-wheel drive.
The Market Square is bordered on three sides by pretty cottages and inviting shops. The fourth side opens out on to green lawns and trees leading up to an imposing and very attractive 19th century church of St Thomas.
The church of St Thomas, overlooking the market square, was built in the 1800’s and was the first in the town. Previously Milnthorpe was part of the parish of Heversham.