|The village of Curthwaite lies about one mile from the school and hall and now has the only remaining pub in the parish. At one time Rosley boasted several inns and ale houses but demographic changes have caused these to close. The Hope and Anchor, known as The Camp, being the last in 1991.
Rosley is linked to Carlisle and the north by the A595 running through its northern tip and to Penrith and the south by the B5305 which passes east-west en route to Wigton which is the nearest town servicing our community.
Westward Parish Council is responsible for local matters. Cumbria County Council is responsible for education, transport, development control and highway maintenance. Allerdale is the borough council with responsibilities for other civic provision. The people of Rosley are represented on both councils by Mr Duncan Fairbairn. Rosley is part of Bowness, Thursby and Caldbeck Neighbourhood Forum.
We are also one of seven parishes which forms the Northern Fells Group: its aim is to identify unmet health and social needs of residents in a very rural area and to work with local people to find solutions. The group runs the Northern Fells Minibus Service, the Youth Development Initiative, the Lend a Hand Group and a benefits Awareness and Advice Scheme.
Top Rosley from Broadmoor
The People of Rosley
There are approximately 180 households in the parish: and a population of about 500 which is made up of a good distribution of all the age groups, a fact which helps to maintain the general dynamism of the community.
As with many rural communities close to larger centres of population many of the residents work outwith the parish, in Wigton, our nearest market town, in Carlisle, our nearest city, or further afield. However Rosley is by no means a dormitory village and a number of businesses thrive within its environs. Naturally agriculture continues to provide most of the employment within the boundaries of the parish.
Rosley lies in a very fertile area and many farms have long histories. Mixed farming is common although dairy farming predominates. However the changing face of agriculture, exacerbated by the effects of the Foot and Mouth outbreak in 2001, have had a dramatic impact on the size and number of farms the land now supports. Some people have retired from farming but retain land they can rent out, others have seized this opportunity to extend the land they can farm thereby gaining in economy of scale. Fewer farms now tend the land and some of our old farm houses are now domestic houses surrounded by new development creating new communities and allowing people to move into the area and enjoy the pleasures of living in our rural setting.
See our separate page for a list of businesses operating in and around Rosley.