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Rusland St Paul was created a chapel of ease by 1745 from, and lying within the boundaries of Coulton or Colton Ecclesiastical Parish. Rusland since 1974 has been in Cumbria following adminstrative boundary changes historically it was in Lancashire.
Arthur Michell Ransome (18 January 1884 – 3 June 1967) was an English author and journalist, best known for writing the Swallows and Amazons series of children's books. These tell of school-holiday adventures of children, mostly in the Lake District and the Norfolk Broads. Many of the books involve sailing; other common subjects include fishing and camping. The books remain so popular that they provide a basis of a tourist industry around Windermere and Coniston Water – the two lakes that Ransome used as the basis for his fictional North Country lake.
He also wrote about the literary life of London, and about Russia before, during, and after the revolutions of 1917.
Ransome and his wife Evgenia lie buried in the churchyard of St Paul's Church, Rusland, Cumbria, in the southern Lake District.
"RUSLAND, a district chapelry, in the parish of Coulton, union of Ulverston, hundred of Lonsdale north of the Sands, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 8½ miles (N. N. E.) from Ulverston. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £50; patron, the Incumbent of Coulton. The chapel, dedicated to St. Paul, was consecrated in 1745."
From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 717-719. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51250 Date accessed: 20 July 2010.
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