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

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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

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England, Cumberland, Beckermet St John – Cemeteries ( 1 )
The monumental inscriptions of the graveyard of St. Bridget’s Beckermet and of the churches and graveyards of St. John’s Beckermet and Ponsonby
Author: Stout, H. B.

England, Cumberland, Beckermet St John – Church records ( 1 )
Bishop’s transcripts Beckermet St John, 1689-1888
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Beckermet St John (Cumberland)

England, Cumberland, Beckermet St John – Church records – Indexes ( 3 )
Parish register printouts of Beckermet-St. John, Cumberland, England ; marriages, 1813-1849
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Saint John Beckermet, Cumberland, England, christenings, 1689-1812
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Saint John Beckermet, Cumberland, England, christenings, 1813-1877
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

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Administration

  • 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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