We’re giving back £450 to the Community!

We’re giving back £450 to the Community!

With support from those people and businesses that have placed listings on the Greystoke Online page and the extra funds have been bolstered by our 2 monthly featured listings by Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Craft Garden Barns and Bunkers hill dairy . Udderly good we are delighted to announce that we have a total of £450 available to donate back to the community!!


But what should we spend it on?? Well … that’s up to you. We have a few proposals based on what we know people care about, but we need your help to choose (some may require extra details to be thought out!) or suggest other causes local to Greystoke.
We are currently running a poll on the Greystoke Village Facebook Page with the following options:
  • St Andrew’s Church, Greystoke
  • Greystoke Swimming Pool
  • A community gardening project
  • Jubilee Fund donation
  • Support fund for locally hosted Ukrainian refugees to help them settle in (details tbc)
  • Other

The poll will run until 28th April and the winner will be announced on the Greystoke online page, then the Facebook page.  Please spread the word and get as many people to VOTE as possible!

The Village notice board will have a poster advertising this as well, with details of how to vote if you are not on Facebook.

Coronavirus Support – Online Community

Coronavirus Support – Online Community

We’ve launched a forum area on the website for you to post requests or offers of support during the Coronavirus crisis. We know not everyone is on Facebook but there is also activity on that group.  We also have an amazingly long list of fabulous volunteers. So if you need, help please ask!!

Read more on our dedicated Coronavirus page:  https://www.greystokevillage.co.uk/coronavirus/


Bridges. What’s in a name?

Bridges. What’s in a name?

Bridges. What’s in a name?

Allan recounts the history of the various bridges around the village, along with some old names for them.

When I was lad we called the bridge along the Penrith road the ‘Bowlo’ bridge because it was next to the old bowling green. The bridge along the road heading to Poplin was called Gandi’s bridge because Archie Norman (Gandi) lived just over the wall.  The bridge down the old road was called, well, the old road bridge.

It was some time later after looking at maps etc. that I found out that all these bridges had proper names. Bowlo bridge is called Thorpe bridge. Gandi’s bridge is called Sharkey bridge. The old road bridge is called Storch bridge.

When the road was altered in 1939 the new bridge was called New Storch bridge and there is plaque calling it that on the right hand side heading towards Penrith.

The Plaque is erected on Sharkey Bridge

I wondered why Sharkey bridge was so called, so I went to the Greystoke equivalent of Google, and asked Alan Hayton. It was named after the man that designed and built it, a Mr. Sharkey. He was an Irishman, an architect and stonemason, and was employed on Greystoke castle estate many moons ago. There is building on the estate also named after him, a stone barn? I am not sure where.

Anyway when a group of us decided to reclaim and restore the waste ground either side of the beck beside Sharkey bridge, we named it Sharkey park. We also felt it was important that the name of the bridge was made known to everyone, so we managed to raise a little bit of cash and got a plaque made.


The Village in 1926

As Allan says, you can clearly see the names of the bridges on this old OS map from 1926, which I am sure will spark further discussion!

OS Map from 1926

Copyright statement: The featured map image on this post is reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

The Pubs of Greystoke

The Pubs of Greystoke

The Pubs of Greystoke

Greystoke used to sport a total of 4 pubs, including 1 Inn – the Boot and Shoe, of course. But as our local history expert Allan Marshall explains, there was a crucial difference between a pub and an inn:

The Boot and Shoe Inn is the only pub shown on old ordinance survey maps. An Inn provided accommodation and was shown on maps. Public houses in those days were just someone’s house with a room where you could purchase ale.

The Cricketers Arms


The Cricketers Arms, Berrier Road. Photographer unknown

The Cricketers Arms. Just beyond you can see a horse standing. This was the blacksmiths shop, hence Smithy Court. The blacksmiths shop became the start of Mandales Garage. The house to the left of the old pub, that has scaffolding on the chimney, was Florine Howells shop. I used to go in there in the fifties and get four aniseed balls for a penny.

The Cricketers Arms still exists. It is the very first building on Berrier Road. It is now two houses. Squirrel Cottage and The Cottage. Perhaps if the present owners read this they might do some renaming!


The Cricketers Arms was known as Garage House in later years as it was next to Mandales garage. Mary and I lived in Garage House when we first got married and one of the rooms was the office for the garage. Ruby Mounsey was the secretary and had permission to use our bathroom and the garage bog was no place for a lady!  Allan Marshall


The Pelican

The Pelican was a pub situated on Church Road. Today the house still has the same name.



The 3rd pub in the Village was Crossways, the white house situated at the top of Church Road, opposite the Post Office.


The Boot and Shoe

Finally the Inn.  The Boot and Shoe is now the only pub in the village.

The Boot and Shoe is a 16th Century Coaching Inn dating from 1511, and it’s 500 year old name apparently comes from a former Duke of Norfolk who at the time lived in Greystoke Castle.  It is said that to ease the pain of gout, he used to wear a Boot on one foot and a Shoe on the other.

The photograph below shows the Boot and Shoe circa 1955