Ainstable, Cumberland Family History Guide

Ainstable is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cumberland.

Other places in the parish include: High Ainstable, Low Ainstable, and Ruckroft.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1679

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Ainstable

  • Cumwhitton
  • Lazonby
  • Armathwaite
  • Kirkoswald
  • Wetheral with Warwick

Historical Descriptions

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Ainstable, a parish in Leath ward, union of Penrith, Cumberland; 11 miles north-east of Penrith, and about 4 east of the post-road from Carlisle to Penrith. Living, a discharged vicarage in the archd. and dio. of Carlisle; rated at £8 8s. 2½d., and in the parliamentary return at £127 1s.; gross income £225. Vicarial tithes commuted in 1818. Patron, in 1835, R. L. Ross, Esq. There is a small endowed school at Ainstable. The endowment consists of a piece of land, let, in 1820, at £7 10s., and the interest of £15. Dr John Leake, founder of the Westminster lying-in-hospital, was a native of this parish. There is also a subscription-school here. The pop., including that of the hamlet of Rushcroft, in 1801, was 444; in 1831,569. Houses 117. Acres 4,119. A. P. £3,668. Poor rates, in 1837, £160. There was formerly in this parish a convent of Benedictine nuns, at a place called Armathwaite, now Nunnery. It was founded by William Rufus. The grounds around it are celebrated for their picturesque scenery.

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


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