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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

Notice of Election


March 2023
Notice of Election

Farlam Parish Council Review and Welcome to the New Parish Councillors

Farlam Parish


November 2021
Map showing the boundary of Farlam Parish

The July meeting was to be our first face to face meeting since Covid and although there were only four councillors left, another four people who wanted to join were going to be co-opted. Unfortunately Covid struck and one councillor had to isolate which meant that meeting had to be cancelled.

The same evening one of the remaining four Councillors left and Parish Council became quorate and unable to function.

The City Council had to be informed, who in accordance with the law could put forward a number of City Councillors to join the remaining Parish Councillors to co-opt the new Parish Councillors before it could become functional. Unfortunately this does take time.

Initially the council becoming quorate was seen a major catastrophe but it turned out to be for the best, apart from the problems that it created with the bank.

By the time the Parish Council was allowed to have a meeting there were eleven people ready to join and a number of others in the wings should they be needed.

Because there were only eight vacancies there is a procedure that has to be followed for the election. The two City Councillors joined the remaining three Parish Councillors and a blind vote was used to determine who was elected.

Each of the eight vacant seats were voted upon in turn and if one name received three or more votes they were elected, if no majority, another vote was taken until a majority was achieved. This procedure was repeated until all seats were filled.

The Parish Council is now up to full strength and there are Councillors from Clesketts, Coalfell, Farlam, Forrest Head, HBG and Tindale. With a good range of ages and talents that I am sure they will put to good use.

I would like to thank all the people who came forward and commiserate with those who were not elected, the election process has been designed to make it very impersonal.

The City Council deserves our thanks for nominating three City Councillors, two of whom were able to attend the meeting. Thanks to Councillors Keith Meller and Ray Tinnion for taking part in the voting and thanks also to County Councillor Roger Dodds who was canvassing to join the County Council but still included our predicament in a mail drop to all households in the parish and as a result, seven more prospective Councillors came forward, thank you all.

Green Finger Volunteer’s

Volunteers wanted in Hallbankgate to look after the tubs by the bus shelter, the seat on the other side of the road and the Hosta bed in the middle of the green. It would involve planting and weeding. If someone agreed to take it on and they could present an estimate of the costs involved at the January meeting.

Should no volunteer come forward then the tubs will have to be removed and the Hosta bed filled and grassed over. (Please email your interest to or

Thanks to all who have helped over this period.

Ray Hinton

Chair Farlam Parish Council

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