Great Strickland (the Manor was called Stirkland – after the word, stirk for a year old heifer or bullock – at one time and was in the ownership of the Strickland family who sold it in the reign of Henry VI and moved to Sizergh Hall near Kendal) is a large village almost 7 miles due South of Penrith and about 1 mile due East of the A6. The River Leith runs through the West side of the Parish.
The main part of the village has one main street running almost due East-West for about 1 mile, with the Church (the chancel is shown bottom right) at the East end and the Village Institute (photo at top left, click for a larger version) at the other. Near the West end there is a cross-roads where minor roads branch off to Melkinthorpe to the North and Little Strickland to South; there is a beautiful tree with a comfortable seat surrounding it (see top middle photo) in the middle of a green just where you can see down all four roads (well, almost). Down the road to Melkinthorpe, near the Old School, is the playground pictured in the middle at the bottom.
A couple of hundred yards down the main street going East is the Strickland Arms (photo top right) that does good food using local ingredients, real ale and some accommodation (see their website).
There are several working farms in the main village as well as many in the surrounding countryside which are mostly dedicated to raising stock (as in the tradition of the village name) but some barley is grown for feed. The photograph at bottom left shows one of the farms that is owned by a member of the congregation.