Hensingham is a chapelry of St Bees Ancient Parish in Cumberland.

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Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1811
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1811

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist Association

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Hensingham General View

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HENSINGHAM, a village and a chapelry in St. Bees parish, Cumberland. The village stands on a rising ground, 1 mile SE of Whitehaven r. station; has a postoffice under Whitehaven; and conducts some trade in linen thread, linen fabrics, and ropes.

The chapelry comprises 956 acres. Real property, £5,420. Pop. in 1851, 1,336; in 1861, 1,538. Houses, 314. Hensingham House was the seat of the Senhouses. Limestone is extensively quarried and calcined. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £126. Patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The church is modern; and there are a Primitive Methodist chapel, and a national school. Archbishop Grindall was a native.

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

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog


Census returns for Hensingham, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Hensingham, 1811-1876 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Hensingham (Cumberland)

Computer printout of Hensingham, Cumb., Eng

Parish register printouts of Hensingham, Cumberland, England, christenings, 1811-1875 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department


Window tax for Whitehaven and Hansingham, also, land tax for Whitehaven, Preston Quarter, 1770


Kelly’s Directory of the Leather Trades 1880


Boot & Shoe Maker
Skelton Joseph


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • 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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