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Matterdale is a civil parish in the Eden District of Cumbria, England. It has a population of 526,[1] reducing to 483 at the 2011 Census.[2]

It is the setting for James Rebank's 2015 autobiographical book The Shepherd's Life.


Matterdale "is probably 'the valley where bedstraw grows' from ON 'maðra' (the cognate of OE 'mæddre') and ON 'dalr'..." [3] (ON=Old Norse; OE=Old English).

See also


  1. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Eden Retrieved 26 October 2010
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ Whaley, Diana (2006). A dictionary of Lake District place-names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society. pp. lx, 423 p.231. ISBN 0904889726.

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