Beckermet St John is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cumberland.
Alternative names: St John Beckermet, St John’s Beckermont
Parish church: St. John
Parish registers begin:
- Parish registers: 1735
- Bishop’s Transcripts: 1636
The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870
BECKERMET, a township in the parishes of St. Bridget-Beckermet and St. John-Beckermet, Cumberland; on the river Eden, adjacent to the Whitehaven and Furness railway, in the vicinity of Braystones station, 3 miles S of Egermont. It has a post office under Whitehaven. Real-property, with Calder, £2,188.
A property in the neighbourhood, called Wotobank, was the scene of the tragical subject of Mrs. Cowley.’s “Edwina.” The lady of a proprietor was killed on the grounds by a wolf, and found in a mangled state on a bank; when her husband exclaimed in horror, “Wo to this bank!”
Wo to thee, bank! the attendants echoed round,
And pitying shepherds canght the grief-franght sound:
Thus to this hour, through every changing age,-
Through every years still ever-varying stage,-
The name remains
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].
A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848
BECKERMET (St. John), a parish, in the union of Whitehaven, Allerdale ward above Derwent, W. division of Cumberland; containing 468 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £57; patron and impropriator, H. Gaitskell, Esq. The church is a small ancient edifice. A portion of the town of Egremont is included within this parish; in which also stands a private residence called Woto-Bank, with whose etymology is connected an interesting fabulous tale, chosen by Mrs. Cowley for the subject of a romantic poem entitled Edwina, published in 1794.
Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848
Cumberland Archives & Family History Groups
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War and Conflict
Civil Registration District: Whitehaven
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries – Copeland
Rural Deanery: Copeland
Poor Law Union: Whitehaven
Hundred: Allerdale above Derwent Ward