Brigham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cumberland.

Other places in the parish include: Eaglesfield, Horton, Greysouthen, Graysouthen, Whin Fell, Brackenthwaite, Blindbothel, and Whinfell.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Bridget

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1564
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1676

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

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BRIGHAM, a township and a parish in Cockermouth district, Cumberland. The township lies on the river Derwent, and on the Cockermouth and Workington railway, 2 miles W of Cockermouth; and has a station on the railway. Real property, £4,365. Pop., 504. Houses, 122. The parish contains also the town and chapelry of Cockermouth, and the townships of Blindbothel, Graysouthen, Setmurthy, Eaglesfield, Mossar, Buttermere, Whinfell, and Embleton; and its Post Town is Cockermouth. Acres, 22,580. Real property, £46,142. Pop., 7,874. Houses, 1,663. The property is much subdivided. The surface is greatly diversified, ranging from soft valley to bold high mountain; and contains much brilliant scenery. Limestone, freestone, slate, and coal are worked. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £190. Patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The church is decorated English, in good condition. The chapelries of Cockermouth, Lorton, Mossar, Setmurthy, Wythop, Embleton, and Buttermere are separate benefices. There are a number of dissenting chapels, and charities £142.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BRIGHAM (St. Bridget), a parish, comprising the borough and market-town of Cockermouth, and the townships of Blindbothel, Brigham, Buttermere, Eaglesfield, Embleton, Gray-Southan, Mosser, Setmurthy, and Whinfell, in the union of Cockermouth, Allerdale ward above Derwent, W. division of Cumberland; the whole containing 7397 inhabitants, of whom 490 are in the township of Brigham, 2 miles (W.) from Cockermouth. This parish is situated among the lakes Bassenthwaite, Buttermere, Crummock, and Loweswater, which, with the rivers Derwent and Maron, form its boundaries; and is intersected by the Cocker, which falls into the Derwent at Cockermouth. The surface is hilly, but since the inclosure of the waste land, the high grounds have been chiefly brought into cultivation: there are quarries of limestone, freestone, and blue slate, and a mine of coal has been opened. The village, which contains some respectable dwelling-houses, is built upon an eminence on the south bank of the Derwent, commanding a richly diversified prospect. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £20. 16. 0½ net income, £190; patrons and impropriators, the family of Lowther, to whom, in 1813, land was assigned in lieu of all tithes for the township of Brigham. The church, situated at the distance of half a mile from the village, has a handsome window of five lights in the decorated style, at the east end of the south aisle; a curious circular window of the same date; and a monumental arch richly canopied. A chapel of ease was erected by the Rev. Dr. Thomas, in 1840; and there are separate incumbencies at Buttermere, Cockermouth, Embleton, Lorton, Mosser, Setmurthy, and Wythrop. The dissenters have several places of worship.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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England, Cumberland, Brigham – Cemeteries ( 3 )
All the monumental inscriptions in the graveyards of Brigham and Bridekirk, near Cockermouth, in the county of Cumberland, from 1666-1876
Author: Wake, Henry Thomas

Memorial inscriptions, St. Barnabas’ Church, Setmurthy, Cumbria
Author: Reed, Elsie

Monumental inscriptions in Embleton churchyard

England, Cumberland, Brigham – Census ( 1 )
Census returns for Brigham, 1841-1891
Author: Great Britain. Census Office

England, Cumberland, Brigham – Church records ( 10 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Brigham, 1676-1874
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Brigham (Cumberland)

Bishop’s transcripts for Buttermere, 1801-1871
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Buttermere (Cumberland)

Bishop’s transcripts for Embleton, 1676-1871
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Embleton (Cumberland)

Bishop’s transcripts for Mosser, 1803-1869
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Mosser (Cumberland)

Bishop’s transcripts for Setmurthy, 1813-1906
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Setmurthy (Cumberland)

Church records, 1709-1890
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Brigham (Cumberland)

Parish registers for Brigham, 1564-1942
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Brigham (Cumberland); Church of England. Chapelry of Mosser (Cumberland)

Parish registers for Buttermere, 1868-1976
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Buttermere (Cumberland)

Parish registers for Embleton, 1626-1837
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Embleton (Cumberland)

Parish registers for Mosser, 1781-1961
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Mosser (Cumberland)

England, Cumberland, Brigham – Church records – Indexes ( 9 )
Computer printout of Brigham, Cumb., Eng

Computer printout of Buttermere, Cumberland, England

Computer printout of Embleton, Cumb., Eng

Computer printout of Mosser, Cumb., Eng

Computer printout of Setmurthy, Cumb., Eng

Parish register printouts of Brigham, Cumberland, England ; christenings, 1676-1808
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Brigham, Cumberland, England ; marriages, 1676, 1689-1808
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Brigham, Cumberland, England ; marriages, 1813-1858
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Brigham, Cumberland, England, christenings, 1813-1874
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

England, Cumberland, Brigham – Taxation ( 1 )
Church records, 1709-1890
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Brigham (Cumberland)

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Administration

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

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