In King john's time, the manor of crofton was the property of sir gilbert, son of sir gilbert de Dundraw, from whome it passed, by marriage, to Crofton, the father of Sir john Crofton, whose daughter transferred all their family estates to her husband, Isold brisco. For several centuroes the estate, which extended to 3000 acres was the ancestral home of the Briso family. Mannix and Whellan's History and Directory of Cumberland, published in 1847 says of the Crofton estate:
The deer park contains between 140 and 150 acres, enclosed with a wall near eight feet in hight "that" in the park is a fish pond of twelve acres, stored with Carp and Tench.
The estate fell on hard times in the 1920s and was taken over by the Ministry of Agriculture. The estate was eventually broken up with the great house being demolished in the 1950s.
The County Council bought the remains from the Ministry of Agriculture in 1974.
Thankfully Cumbria County council leased part of what remained of the estate to The Crofton Trust, a private charity with an educational remit. This included the one time estate managers house and offices, a 2 acre walled garden, 20 acres of deciduous woodland, 6.5 acres of agricultural land, a Georgian style stable block and of course the magnificent Crofton Lake.
In 1991, Carlisle and district Coarse Angling Club took out a lease on the lake and over the next few years deepened the shallow lake, planted thousands of trees, planted the margins with reeds, Flag Iris and Lilies.
Cumbria County Council ordered the sale of the lake and estate after a property review, declaring the 140 acre estate "Surplus to requirements".
The Council Cabinet agreed the sale of Crofton Lake to the club ahead of the auction.
Since that day, CADCAC has thrived and now averages 250 members. Further land has been purchased to extend the car parking. The lake has since been deepened twice with islands and bars being installed. The club continues to develop the lake and its surroundings with the installation of dissabled pegs, improved footpaths and the education centre.
Crofton Lake many years ago.
Hard work in the early days, restoring the lake
Arial view of the land prior to CADCAC
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