Aikton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cumberland.

Other places in the parish include: Briglands and Gamblesby, Biglands, Wampool, Wiggonby, Gamblesby, and Biglands and Gamblesby.

Parish church: St. Andrew

Parish registers begin: 1694

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Aikton

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

AIKTON, a township and a parish in Wigton district, Cumberland. The township lies E of the Wampool river, 2¾ miles ESE of Kirkbride r. station, and 4 NNE of Wigton. Real property, £2,088. Pop., 284. Houses, 58. The parish includes also the townships of Wampool, Wiggonby, Biglands, and Gamblesby. Post Town, Wigton. Acres, 6,157. Real property, £7,299. Pop., 806. Houses, 154. The property is much subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £546. Patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The church is small and old. Charities, £176.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Aikton, a parish in the ward and county of Cumberlan; 8 miles south-west of Carlisle; it is in the union of Wigton, and comprises the townships of Aikton, Biglands, Gamelsby, Wampool, and Wiggonby. Living, a rectory in the archd. and dio. of Carlisle; rated at £14 13s. 1½d.; gross income £550. Patron, in 1835, the earl of Lonsdale. There is a school here endowed by Margaret Hodgson in 1792, in which poor children are instructed in reading, writing, and accounts. The annual revenue amounts to £175 15s., and the expenditure to about £95. The schoolmaster’s salary is £40. Pop. of the township of Aikton, in 1801, 185; in 1831, 261. Houses 53. Pop. of the parish, in 1831, 755. Houses 150. Acres 5,270. A. P. £5,174. Poor rates, in 1837, £362.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

AIKTON (St. Andrew), a parish, in the union of Wigton, Cumberland ward, E. division of Cumberland, 4 miles (N. N. E.) from Wigton; comprising the townships of Aikton, Biglands with Gamblesby, Wampool, and Wiggonby; and containing 802 inhabitants, of whom 318 are in the township of Aikton. The parish comprises 5491 acres, of which 160 are common or waste. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £14. 13. 1½.; net income, £546; patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. A school has been endowed by Margaret Hodgson, with houses and land valued at £150 per annum, and is free to the poor of Aikton, Burgh-uponSands, and Beaumont, and to all persons of the founder’s name.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

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  • County: Cumberland
  • Civil Registration District: Wigton
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Carlisle (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Carlisle
  • Rural Deanery: Carlisle
  • Poor Law Union: Wigton
  • Hundred: Cumberland Ward
  • Province: York

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