Milnthorpe is a small market town in South Lakeland in Cumbria.
Milnthorpe is derived from the Old English mylen or mylna meaning ‘mill’ where thorpe is Old English meaning ‘village’.
Milnthorpe was a medieval market town and was one of the most important communities in the area, becoming a centre of business and activity because it was originally a port, using the River Bela and estuary.
In 1334 King Edward III granted a Charter to Alexander de Wyndesore, permitting a weekly market on Wednesdays, later Market Day was changed to Friday and continues to this day.
The imposing and attractive 19th century church of St Thomas, overlooks The Green and The Square. The other three sides of the Market Square are bordered by cottages and shops.