Distington is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cumberland.

Alternative names: Dishington

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1653
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1616

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist. 

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The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

DISTINGTON, a village and a parish in Whitehaven district, Cumberland. The village stands near the coast, 2 miles SE of Harrington r. station, and 3½ S of Workington; and has a post office under Whitehaven. The parish comprises 2,910 acres. Real property, £4,434. Pop., 785. Houses, 178. The property is much sub-divided. Hayes Castle, now a ruin at the southern extremity of the village, was the seat of the Moresbys. Building stone, limestone, and coal are worked; and manufactures of tools, hats, and thread are carried on. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, 301. Patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The church is very good; and there are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

DISTINGTON, a parish, in the union of Whitehaven, Allerdale ward above Derwent, W. division of Cumberland, 4¼ miles (N. E. by N.) from Whitehaven; containing 1108 inhabitants. It stretches almost to the Irish Sea, and contains coal-pits, and quarries of excellent limestone, much of which is burnt into lime; millstones and grindstones are also obtained, and there are manufactories for linen-thread, hats, and edge-tools. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £7. 1. 0½.; net income, £301; patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The tithes were commuted for an allotment of land in 1767.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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

England, Cumberland, Distington – Church records ( 5 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Distington, 1689-1864
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Distington (Cumberland)

Bishop’s transcripts of Distington, [1688?]-1837
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Distington (Cumberland); Sykes, Audrey M. M.

Church records, 1818-1862
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Distington (Cumberland)

Marriage transcripts, 1653-1837
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Distington (Cumberland)

Parish registers for Distington, 1661-1917
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Distington (Cumberland)

England, Cumberland, Distington – Church records – Indexes ( 2 )
Computer printout of Distington, Cumb., Eng

Parish register printouts of Distington, Cumberland, England ; christenings, 1755-1864
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

England, Cumberland, Distington – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Church records, 1818-1862
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Distington (Cumberland)

England, Cumberland, Distington – Public records ( 1 )
Church records, 1818-1862
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Distington (Cumberland)

England, Cumberland, Distington – Schools ( 1 )
The Durham admission register, 1886-1908
Author: Distington Dyon School (Cumberland)

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

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

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