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Gilsland Spa

Gilsland Spa is a hamlet situated by a bend in the River Irthing in Cumbria, located by the county border about ¾ mile north of Gilsland, which is in Northumberland. A sulphurous spring here was noted for its curative qualities by the 17th century, and Gilsland Spa had become a popular resort by the late 18th century.[1] A chalybeate (water containing iron salts) spa was also discovered here in c.1812.[2] The Shaws (hotel) was established by the 1740s, but burnt down in 1859. This was replaced by the Spa Hotel, built 1859-60, now the Gilsland Hall Hotel. Also at Gilsland Spa is Spa Villa, which was built in 1815. Gilsland Spa forms part of Wateread Civil Parish.

Cumbria Gilsland Waterhead Civil Parish River Irthing Gilsland, 1848 Gilsland Hall Hotel Spa Villa, Gilsland Spa Sulphur Spring Fountain, Gilsland Spa
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The gorge of the River Irthing; and the Gilsland Spa Hotel (3)

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Gilsland Spa

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Engraving of Gilsland sulfurous spa well around 1810 by Thomas Allom
- Public domain image c/o Wikimeia Commons.

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