Caldbeck is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cumberland.
Other places in the parish include: Caldbeck Haltcliff, Low Caldbeck, High Caldbeck, Mosedale, Caldbeck Halt-cliff, and Caldbeck Fells.
Parish registers begin:
- Parish registers: 1657
- Bishop’s Transcripts: 1663
Nonconformists include: Society of Friends/Quaker and Wesleyan Methodist.
- Castle Sowerby
The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870
CALDBECK, a village, three townships, a parish, a subdistrict, a range of fells, and a river, in Cumberland. The village stands on the river, at the foot of the fells, 6½ miles S by W of Curthwaite r. station, and 7¾ SSE of Wigton; and has a post office under Wigton. It was founded, along with an hospital, soon after the Norman conquest, by D’Engaine, forester of Inglewood, for the protection of travellers.
It has a scattered character, along a rambling vale; yet looks pleasing and even picturesque. A number of its inhabitants are employed in different kinds of manufactures. The three townships are Low Caldbeck, High Caldbeck, and Caldbeck-Haltcliff; and they meet at the village, and are in the district of Wigton. Real property of Low C., £2,646; of High C., £2,852; of Haltcliff, £2,602. Pop. of Low C., 675; of High C., 313; of Haltcliff, 521. Houses, in Low C., 159; in High C., 57; in Haltcliff, 115. The parish includes also the township of Mosedale, in the district of Penrith. Acres, 24,280. Pop., 1,560. Houses, 342. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged to the Lucys, the Percys, the Dalstons, and the Whartons; and belongs now to the representatives of the late Earl of Egremont. Caldbeck House was the seat of the Backhouse family; and Woodhall was the seat of George Fox, the founder of Quakerism. About 13,000 acres are on the fells, and available only for sheep pasture. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £600. Patron, the Bishop of Carlisle. The church dates from 1112, but has been modernized, and is good. There are a Quaker meeting house, a Wesleyan chapel, and a free school.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].
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Poorhouses & Poor Law
- 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