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Rockcliffe’s past has included warfare (Scottish raiders and a castle in 16th century), smuggling (salt and whisky from Scotland), commercial port (extensive wharfs and quays for timber and Welsh slates) and ship building (18th century), by nature of its position at the mouth of the Eden River on the edge of the Solway.


St Mary’s Church.

Now a very peaceful village with little remaining of its maritime and Border village history, except for a few remnants of wooden jetties and a ship weathervane on the church spire. A 1000 year old Norse Cross stands near St Mary’s church, and an Eden Benchmark sculpture on the village green overlooking the Eden.


‘Global Warming’ by Anthony Turner.

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