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Moresby
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Moresby looking north towards Lowca. St Bridget's Church is near left, with Moresby Hall to its right. In the background looms the Scottish mountain of Criffel.
Population 1,997 (2011)
OS grid reference NY9919
Civil parish
  • Moresby
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WHITEHAVEN
Postcode district CA 28
Dialling code 01946
Police Cumbria
Fire Cumbria
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
  • Copeland
List of places
UK
England
Cumbria
54°33′36″N 3°33′04″W / 54.560°N 3.551°W / 54.560; -3.551Coordinates: 54°33′36″N 3°33′04″W / 54.560°N 3.551°W / 54.560; -3.551

Moresby is a small village and civil parish in the Borough of Copeland in Cumbria, England. It had a population of 1,280 at the 2001 census, increasing to 1,997 at the 2011 Census. Moresby sits on Cumbria's west coast. Moresby Hall is one of only three Grade I listed buildings in Copeland. The name of the hall and the village is thought to come from a family who settled in the area.

There was a Roman fort at Moresby, believed to have been called Gabrosentum, the perimeter banks of which can be seen in aerial photos and on the ground. St Bridget's Church is in the north-east corner of the fort site. The church and Moresby Hall lie on the west side of the A595, but most people live in Low Moresby on the east side.

Etymology

The " 'bȳ of Maurice'... a saint popular on the continent." 'Bȳ' is Old English from the Old Norse 'býr', meaning 'hamlet', 'village'.

St Bridget's, Moresby - geograph.org.uk - 47642
St Bridget's Church, with the chancel arch of the former church

Governance

An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward is not the complete area of Moresby parish and at the 2011 Census had a population of 1,448.

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