Westmorland Links


The following are some Westmorland and Cumberland Links that I have found to be of interest:

The Later Records of Westmorland
- By John Curwen (British History Online site)

The Records Relating to the Barony of Kendale -
(Companion Volumes to the above - again at British History Online.)

Cumbrian Genealogy
Roland Grigg's excellent site

Westmorland GenWeb
Maintained by Carol Bennett

A Tour in Westmorland - by Sir Clement Jones (Kendal, 1948)

The Droving Tradition of the Upper Eden Valley.

Richard Aislabie's Academy at Eden Hall in Kirkby Stephen.

The Settle to Carlisle Railway.
A web site devoted to describing the railway, its environment and history.

Dales & Vales: Favourite Walks
Takes a while to load, but worth waiting for!

A Walk Through Mallerstang.

Hartley Chapel - Photographs

The Church & Tombs of the MUSGRAVE Family

The Luck of Edenhall: History & Myths

RumButter : The Edenhall Collection
- Many original documents relating to the old Counties of Cumberland & Westmorland,
and of Edenhall, the manor of the MUSGRAVE family

1851 Census Extracts for Fawcet Forest, Kendal, and for Winton

Whinfell Census Database
1841 through to 1901. Click on link.

Ravenstonedale Millenium Project
Includes details from the Monumental Inscriptions in St Oswald's Churchyard.

Fell End History - Fell End in the parish of Ravenstonedale - includes many details.

A Lifetime in the Fells: The Story of the Lunesdale Fell Ponies

Maulds Meaburn
A Village in the parish of Crosby Ravensworth

Kendal Parish Church
A great site - includes Monumental Inscriptions, inside & outside the Church

Images of Cumbria
Steve Bulman's superb site.

Kirkby Stephen Churchyard photos, 2005
See what has been done to the Churchyard!

Window Tax for North Westmorland, 1777
- Part of the Edenlinks site.

Cumberland and Westmorland Newspaper Transcriptions
- a Searchable site, with items continually being added.

Swarthmoor Hall - Photos and History (the Quakers)

The Monumental Brasses of Cumberland and Westmorland - Index

19th Century Longtown
A market town near the Scottish Border - Site includes marriages at Gretna Green.

The Cumbria Directory

Access to Archives
This has to be one of the very best resources for Westmorland Genealogy on the Internet.
The A2A database is particularly rich in Quarter Sessions records from the Cumbrian Archives at Kendal.

Cumbria Archives Service: Catalogue
Includes Archives not described in the A2A site.

Westmorland Papers: The Westmorland Historical Texts Project
Monumental Inscriptions for the old Parishes of Westmorland (only partially completed) - but much more besides.


ADAMTHWAITE - Sue Mastel's Adamthwaite Archive,- including the Kirkby Stephen branch
BELLAS - The Path to London - a history of the Bellas Family
BRADLEY etc - Andrew Lancaster's study of his Kirkby Stephen ancestors
CAPSTICK - some from the Kirkby Stephen area
CLOSE - World-wide, but some emphasis on Yorkshire and Westmorland
CUMPSTON - And variants - Glenys Marriott's informative site, with emphasis on Cumbria.
DALTON- the surname in Westmorland.
DOCKER - The DOCKER Family of Westmorland and The Two Lives of Joseph DOCKER.
DUCKSBURY - from Kendal.
ELLWOOD - Ellwood Genealogy - from 1550 in Cumbria
EWBANK - Ewbank Family History - including branches from Westmorland.
FOTHERGILL - Thomas Farrer FOTHERGILL from Orton, Westmorland.
FRANKLAND - of Needlehouse, Ravenstonedale
HANDLEY - family records in Westmorland.
HARTLEY - The Hartley Surname History.
HOLMS, PARK, RUDD, IVISON, CLEMMISON - mainly of Kirkby Stephen
LONGSTAFF - Carole Johnson's site, includes Wills held at Carlisle, and Pedigrees
MORLAND - Of Westmorland
ORTON - from Kirkby Stephen and elsewhere in Westmorland and Yorkshire.
PARR - Parr of Kendal Castle, Westmoreland
PHILIPSON - "A Westmorland Family: Fortunes of the Philipsons" by E.W. Brunskill
PRESTON - James PRESTON from Warcop - his life in New Zealand.
SANDFORD- of Askham, Howgill & Helton
RAWES - a One Name Study - many from Westmorland
SCAIFE - of Winton, parish of Kirkby Stephen.
SLEE - SLEE Family History - of Kirkby Stephen.
SMITH / SMYTHE - Seven wills of SMITH/SMYTHE from Barton Parish.
STUBBS - from Kendal - Letters of Rev John Stubbs to family in USA.
THORNBER - The Wills section of the THORNBER Data Archive includes some for Westmorland.