Armathwaite is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cumberland, created in 1745 from Hesket in the Forest Ancient Parish.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1758
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1775

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

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The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ARMATHWAITE, a village, a castle, and a chapelry in Hesket-in-the-Forest parish, Cumberland. The village stands on the river Eden, 4 miles E of Southwaite r. station, and 10 N of Penrith. It has a post office under Carlisle; and it was the site of a small Benedictine nunnery, built and endowed by King William Rufus.

The castle stands adjacent; is a plain, modernized, ancient tower; was the seat of the satirical poet Skelton, noted for his attack on Wolsey, “Why come ye not to Court;” and is now the property of the Earl of Lonsdale.

The surrounding scenery on the Eden is picturesque; and includes a long wooded walk, a grand projecting crag, a cataract in the stream, and a lake-like expanse above, with the massive background of the Cooms and the Baron Wood.

The chapelry is a p. curacy in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £90. Patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The church is plain but picturesque.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

ARMATHWAITE, a chapelry, in the parish of Hesket-in-the-Forest, union of Penrith, Leath ward, E. division of Cumberland, 5 miles (N. W.) from KirkOswald.

The village is beautifully situated on the western bank of the Eden, over which is a good stone bridge of four arches. Armathwaite Castle, a handsome modern edifice, built on the site of an ancient fortress, occupies a rocky elevation, at the foot of which flows the Eden; in the reign of Henry VIII. it was, with the estate, the property of John Skelton, the poet-laureat.

The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £50; patrons, the Trustees of Mr. Milbourne, in whom also the impropriation is vested. The chapel was rebuilt by Richard Skelton in 1668, having for some time previously been used as a shed for cattle.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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England, Cumberland, Armathwaite – Cemeteries ( 1 )
The memorial inscriptions of Ainstable, Armathwaite, Croglin and Cumrew
Author: Godwin, Jeremy; Clarke, Pat

England, Cumberland, Armathwaite – Church records ( 3 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Armathwaite, 1775-1894
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Armathwaite (Cumberland)

Church records, 1879-1939
Author: Armathwaite Chapel (Armathwaite, Cumberland : Free Methodist Church)

Parish registers for Armathwaite, 1758-1976
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Armathwaite (Cumberland)

England, Cumberland, Armathwaite – Church records – Indexes ( 2 )
Computer printout of Armathwaite, Cumb., Eng

Parish register printouts of Armathwaite, Cumberland, England, christenings, 1775-1877
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department


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

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