Loweswater is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cumberland, created in 1723 from a chapelry in St Bees Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Sosgill, Susgill, and Mockerkin.

Alternative names: Lowes Water

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1625
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1676

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Loweswater Church Cumberland

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

LOWES-WATER, a parochial chapelry and a lake in Cockermouth district, Cumberland. The chapelry lies 7 miles S of Cockermouth r. station; has a post office under Cockermouth; contains the hamlets of Mockerkin and Sosgill; impinges on Crummock-water; and owns St. Bees for its mother parish. Acres, 6,473. Real property, £2,220. Pop., 392. Houses, 83. The property is much subdivided.

Much of the surface is upland; and a large proportion is picturesque. Lead ore occurs in the hills, and Lydian stone is found. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Carlisle. Valne, £49. Patron, the Earl of Lonsdale.

The church was rebuilt in 1827; and occupies the site of an ancient chapel, founded by a prior of St. Bees. There are a parochial school, and charities £12. The lake lies on the SW side of the chapelry, in a vale projecting laterally westward from the head of the vale of Lorton, and flanked on the N side by Low fell, on the S side by Blake fell; is about a mile long, less than ½ a mile wide, and about 60 feet deep; sends its superfluence 1½ mile to Crummockwater; and shares in that lake’s mountain scenery.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

LOWESWATER, a parochial chapelry, in the union of Cockermouth, Allerdale ward above Derwent, W. division of Cumberland, 7 miles (S. by E.) from Cockermouth; containing, with the hamlet of Mockerkin with Sosgill, 436 inhabitants.

It comprises by computation 2480 acres of fair land, of which about 250 are woodland; there are, besides, 3000 acres of common or waste. The river Cocker runs along the deep and extensive vale here, which is bounded by lofty mountains, and contains the picturesque lake of Loweswater, part of Crummock Lake, and Scale Force; the last, the most stupendous cataract in this celebrated region, falls 156 feet into a great chasm surrounded by rocks overhung with trees. A lead-mine was lately opened.

The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £49; patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The chapel was erected by subscription, in 1827, on the site of an ancient edifice founded by a prior of St. Bees, to which parish this was formerly a chapelry.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Gravestone inscriptions from St. Bartholomew’s churchyard, Loweswater Author: Southey, Rosemary

Memorials on interior of Loweswater church

Census returns for Lowes-Water, 1841-1891

Bishop’s transcripts for Lowes-Water, 1676-1875 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Lowes-Water (Cumberland)

Loweswater BT’s : marriages, baptisms, and burials, 1723-1837 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Lowes-Water (Cumberland); Sykes, Audrey M. M.

Parish register transcripts, 1676-1812 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Lowes-Water (Cumberland); Norman, Bertram William Tuff, 1880-1959

Parish register transcripts, christenings & marriages [abt. 1670-1812] Author: Norman, Bertram William Tuff, 1880-1959

Parish registers for Lowes-Water, 1626-1978 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Lowes-Water (Cumberland)

Computer printout of Loweswater, Cumberland, England

Parish records, 1834-1932 Author: Lowes-Water (Cumberland)

Administration

  • 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

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