The town of Alston is located in Cumbria County within the North West England province. The town has a population of over 1,100 residents and lies on the River South Tyne. The area in which Alston, Cumbria is located is referred to as a non-metropolitan or shire county.
The town’s history dates back to the 10th century although earlier mining activities have been evidenced. The town has deposits of lead, silver, zinc as well as coal and fluorspar. These deposits have formed the basis of Alston’s economic activity well into the 1950s. The mines are used as part of the area’s tourism activity and promotion. The area also has moorlands used by local sheep farmers who also provide bed and breakfast facilities.
The town has a market square and available shopping. The region’s vistas and old cobblestone walls are pristine and a reminder of prior eras. The town also has stone buildings dating back to the 1600s. The town is 1,000 feet above sea level and is the highest point for a market town in England.
The town has a small population center with a 10:1 ratio of men to women. This created some national interest in the town as local men made an appeal for women to come. This appeal appeared in the Guardian and Daily Telegraph newspapers was featured on the British Broadcasting Company or BBC.
Current information about Alston can be found online at www.cybermoor.org. The website was created to bring internet access to the remote region and connect residents via broadband access. On the website, you can obtain information about current local events. Other information on the cybermoor site includes weather, property for sale and points of interest. In addition to the website, information concerning the Alston moorlands is printed in the Alston Moor Newsletter. This publication is produced on a quarterly basis and is available online.
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