The Bewleys of Cumberland and my Family History

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My earliest direct ancestors were farmers and fishermen who lived and worked in the Parish of Holme Cultram and lived in the area of Skinburness on Cumberland's Solway coast.  The earliest record I have found is shown below and the attached family trees, summarise the family's development.  Linked pictures illustrate the areas in which  they lived and worked.

Parish records show the family resident in this area for over 100 years before David and Frances Bewley moved to the expanding City of Carlisle between 1823 – 26 where they set up as Tea and Provisions Merchants.  Later this was to expand into Corn Milling.  David was my great, great, great grandfather and my line emanated from his son Francis, a Miller, as we shall see.

On 21st June 1817 David Bewley and Frances Allison were married at the Parish Church of Holme Cultram in Abbeytown.

On 28th December 1817 when daughter Mary was christened, David was described as a farmer of Skinburness.  When daughter Frances was christened on 13th January1822, David is described as a grocer of Abbeytown.  By 26th February 1826 when daughter Eleanor was christened at St Mary’s Church in the west nave of Carlisle Cathedral, David was described as a shopkeeper of Rickergate, Carlisle.

The families long establishment in Rickergate resulted in the Court (lane of houses) behind their shop being named as Bewley's Court (see linked Rickergate map).