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

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

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

Parish Records

Cumberland Archives & Family History Groups

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England, Cumbria Parish Registers, 1538-1990

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Marriage Records

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Death Records

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England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

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England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

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England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977



England and Wales Census, 1841

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England and Wales Census, 1891

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United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

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County: Cumberland
Civil Registration District: Whitehaven
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries – Copeland
Diocese: Carlisle
Rural Deanery: Copeland
Poor Law Union: Whitehaven
Hundred: Allerdale above Derwent Ward
Province: York

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