Armathwaite Cumberland Family History Guide

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

Adjacent Parishes

  • Plumpton Wall
  • Lazonby
  • Hesket in the Forest
  • Wetheral with Warwick
  • Ainstable

Historical Descriptions

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].

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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