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Blackford is a village in the City of Carlisle district of Cumbria, located on the A7 road, about 3½ miles north of the centre of Carlisle. St John the Baptist's Church here was built in 1870. Blackford forms part of Westlinton Civil Parish.

Blackford is a village in Cumbria, England, close to Gretna, Scotland.


Blackford means what it says, a black ford or river-crossing. However, unlike other places of the name, it is a mix of Old English and Old Norse: the first element is Old English

blǣc "black", while the second element is Old Norse vathr / vaőr, ford, river crossing,

which usually occurs as -wath in place-names with this element (e.g. Wath upon Dearne). The name was recorded as Blakiwaith in 1165.

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Westlinton Civil Parish Blackford CE Primary School Church of St John the Baptist, Blackford
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Church at Blackford

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Former "The Board Inn", Blackford - February 2018 (2)

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Elizabeth II postbox and telephone box, Blackford

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Rural crossroads near Mount Cottage

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