Dalston Cumberland Family History Guide

Dalston is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cumberland.

Other places in the parish include: Cumdivock, Hawkesdale, and Buckabank.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1570
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1589

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Wesleyan Methodist Association. 

Adjacent Parishes

  • Westward
  • Carlisle St Mary
  • Carlisle St Cuthbert
  • Thursby
  • Great Orton
  • Sebergham
  • Raughton Head
  • Castle Sowerby

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

DALSTON, a township, a parish, and a sub-district, in Carlisle district, Cumberland. The township lies on the river Caldew, adjacent to the Carlisle and Maryport railway, 4½ miles SW by S of Carlisle; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Carlisle. Real property, £2,835. Pop., 884. Houses, 172. The parish contains also the townships of Buckabank, Ivegill, Hawkesdale, Cumdivock, and Raughton and Gatesgill. Acres, 10,870. Real property, £19,849. Pop., 2,568. Houses, 516. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to the Bishop of Carlisle. Rose Castle is the Bishop's seat, and will be separately noticed. Dalston Hall, now a farm-house, was a castellated seat of the Dalstons. There are cotton factories and collieries. There are also a Roman camp, a barrow, and remains of a Druidical circle. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £283. Patron, the Bishop of Carlisle. The church has a curious bell-gable, and is tolerable. A sculptured stone cross is near it. Dr. Paley was vicar from 1774 till 1793. The vicarage of Ivegill is a separate benefice. There are a Wesleyan chapel, and charities £56. The sub-district contains also Orton parish, and part of St. Mary. Acres, 17,078. Pop., 3,865. Houses, 762.

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

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County: Cumberland
Civil Registration District: Carlisle
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Carlisle (Episcopal Consistory)
Diocese: Carlisle
Rural Deanery: Carlisle
Poor Law Union: Carlisle
Hundred: Cumberland Ward
Province: York