Aspatria, Cumberland Family History Guide

Aspatria is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cumberland.

Other places in the parish include: Mealhay, Oughterside and Allerby, Aspatria and Brayton, and Mealo.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1660

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational

Parishes adjacent to Aspatria

  • Allhallows
  • Crosscanonby
  • Allonby
  • Bromfield
  • Hayton
  • Gilcrux
  • Torpenhow
  • Plumbland

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ASPATRIA, a small town and a township in the district of Wigton, and a parish in the districts of Wigton and Cockermouth, Cumberland. The town stands on the right side of the river Ellen, adjacent to the Carlisle and Maryport railway, 7¾ miles NE of Maryport. It has a station on the railway, a post office under Carlisle, and a weekly market on Thursday; and is a polling-place. Its site is the side of a hill; and its appearance that of a long straggling village. Its name is a corruption of Aspatrick or Cospatrick; and was derived from one of the Cospatricks, Earls of Dunbar. The township bears the name of Aspatria and Brayton. Acres, 4,511. Real property, £13,551, of which £7,598 are in mines. Pop., 1,210. Houses, 254. The parish includes also the townships of Hayton and Mealo, and Oughterside and Allerby. Acres, 9,048; of which 438 are water. Real property, £25,368, of which £12,570 are in mines. Pop., 2,305. Houses, 475. The property is much subdivided. The surface is hilly. Coal and red sandstone are worked. A human skeleton, 7 feet long, supposed to have been that of some great chief, buried about the 2nd century, together with a broad sword 5 feet long, and some fine ornaments of a warrior, was found, in 1790, beneath a barrow on Beacon hill, an eminence about 200 yards N of the town. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £249. Patron, the Bishop of Carlisle. The church was rebuilt in 1848. Hayton was made a separate charge in 1867, and is a rectory. There are an Independent chapel, and charities £10.

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


A New and Comprehensive Gazetteer 1838

Mealhay, tnshp. England, par. Aspatria, Allerdale ward, below Darwent,co. Cumberland. Real prop. £2359. Pop. (with Hayton) 253. Cockermouth (P. T. 306).

Source: A New and Comprehensive Gazetteer: George Newenham Wright, 1838


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