Designation of Kirkby Stephen conservation area
The central part of Kirkby Stephen town was designated as a conservation area 27 May 1976.
Description of Kirkby Stephen
Kirkby Stephen lies at the head of the Eden Valley beside the River Eden which is a Special Area of Conservation. The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty lies to the east with the Howgills and Lune Valley fells to the south and west. There are many listed buildings in the town mostly centred in the Market Place, Market Street and the Grade II* listed Church of St Stephen. In the church there is evidence of the town's Danish past in the form of the 'Loki Stone' (AD850), a carving of the Norse God complete with horns. Croglam Castle is a pre-historic earthwork at the south end of the town and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.