Matterdale is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cumberland, created in 1742 from a chapelry in Greystoke Ancient Parish.

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Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1634
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1662

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MATTERDALE, a chapelry in Greystoke parish, Cumberland; containing a wild mountain vale of its own name, 3 miles S by E of Troutheck r. station, and 8½ E of Keswick. Post town, Penrith. Acres, 7,313. Real property, £1,499. Pop., 420. Houses, 69. The property is subdivided. The vale has interesting features, is drained toward Ulleswater, and adjoins some highly picturesque scenery, but is flanked by tame and barren moor and mountain. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £115. Patron, the Rector of Greystoke. The church is good; and there are an endowed school with £13 a year, and charities £6.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

MATTERDALE, a chapelry, in the parish of Greystock, union of Penrith, Leath ward, E. division of Cumberland, 10 miles (S. W. by W.) from Penrith; containing 363 inhabitants. The chapelry is situated on the east side of an extensive moor, and affords only coarse pasture, with the exception of about 20 acres of inclosed arable and meadow land. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £80; patron, the Rector of Greystock. The chapel was erected in 1685. Robert Grisdale, in 1722, built a school, and endowed it with £11 a year.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

Census returns for Matterdale, 1841-1891

Matterdale Church, Cumberland : quatercentenary, 1573-1973

Bishop’s transcripts for Matterdale, 1721-1886 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Matterdale (Cumberland)

Church records, 1847-1939 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Matterdale, Cumberland)

Church records, 1865-1915 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Matterdale (Cumberland)

Parish registers for Matterdale, 1634-1923 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Matterdale (Cumberland)

The registers of Matterdale Church, 1654-1720 Author: Brierley, Henry, 1846-1933; Church of England. Chapelry of Matterdale (Cumberland)

Computer printout of Matterdale, Cumb., Eng


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

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