Bolton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cumberland.

Other places in the parish include: Bolton Low Quarter, Low Bolton, High Bolton, Bolton-wood, Quarry-hill, Bolton Low, Bolton High Hide Quarter, and Bolton High.

Alternative names:

Parish church: All Saints

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1619
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1581

Nonconformists include: Society of Friends/Quaker and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BOLTON, a small town, two townships, and a parish in Wigton district, Cumberland. The town stands on the river Ellen, 6½ miles SSW of Wigton; consists of two parts, High and Low; and has a dingy appearance. A branch railway to it, from the Maryport and Carlisle line, was opened on 26th December, 1866. The townships are High Bolton and Low Bolton or Bolton-wood and Quarry-hill. Acres of H. B., 3,875. Pop., 330. Houses, 62. Acres of L. B., 4,570. Pop., 718. Houses, 149. The parish consists of the two townships; and its Post Town is Ireby under Wigton. Real property, £8,124; of which £740 are in mines. Pop., 1,048. Houses, 211. The property is much subdivided. Coal, limestone, and copper ore are worked. A copper battle-axe was found in a bog. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £512. Patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The church is ancient, in tolerable condition; and was alleged by old superstition to have been built by witchcraft.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BOLTON (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Wigton, Allerdale ward below Derwent, W. division of Cumberland, 1½ mile (N. by W.) from Ireby; containing 1211 inhabitants, of whom 312 are in High-Side, and 899 in Low-Side. This place was anciently called Bothilton. It has four districts or constablewicks, namely, Bolton-Wood, which was at one time mostly woodland; Bolton-Row; Newlands; and Bolton-Gate. The prevailing soil is a dry loam, well adapted for turnip husbandry, but there is also a large portion of this loam on a clayey bottom, which, when drained, yields abundant crops of wheat and oats: coal, limestone, and red sandstone are worked to a considerable extent. The timber of Bolton-Wood has been greatly cleared away, except near the residence of William Coulthart, Esq., at Bolton-Wood House. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £19. 18. 4.; net income, £512; patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The church is a very ancient edifice roofed with stone. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans. A copper battle-axe was lately found in the moss at Bolton-Wood.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

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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

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