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Kirkby Thore, Cumbria

Kirkby Thore is home to the long established plaster and plasterboard plant, and has manufactured Thistle plasters continuously since 1910.

The Kirkby Thore Technical Academy is based at the site of the Kirkby Thore works. The Academy opened in 1996 with purpose built facilities for Thistle Plastering and drywall systems training, and is part of a network of Saint Gobain technical academies situated throughout the UK.


  • Training centre
  • Manufacturing


From M6

  • Exit the motorway at junction 40 (signed to Penrith and A66)
  • Join the A66 towards Penrith
  • Go straight over the next roundabout
  • Follow the A66 for approximately 8 miles to Kirkby Thore
  • Over the brow of the hill, turn left after the bus stop, in the direction of Kirkby Thore village
  • Take the third left hand turn (signed "British Gypsum Works")

From A1

  • Exit the A1 at Scotch Corner
  • Join the A66 towards Appleby-in-Westmorland
  • Approximately 4 miles beyond Appleby-in-Westmorland, turn right in the direction of Kirkby Thore village
  • Take the third left hand turn (signed "British Gypsum Works")

By Train

  • The nearest mainline stations are Appleby-in-Westmorland or Penrith
  • Taxis are available outside both stations
  • For information on fares and train times, call the National Rail Enquiry Line on 0345 484950


British Gypsum
Kirkby Thore
Nr Penrith
CA10 1XU

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01768 366247

Kirkby Thore

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