Brigham, Cumberland Family History Guide

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:

Parish registers begin:

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

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

Adjacent Parishes

  • Cockermouth
  • Dean
  • Embleton
  • Loweswater
  • Clifton
  • Mosser
  • Lorton
  • Bridekirk

Historical Descriptions

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].


Vision of Britain historical maps


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