Beckermet St John, Cumberland Family History Guide

Beckermet St John is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cumberland.

Alternative names: St John Beckermet, St John's Beckermont

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1735
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1636

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Cleator
  • Haile
  • Beckermet St Bridget
  • St Bees
  • Egremont

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].


Vision of Britain historical maps


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