Muncaster is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cumberland.

Other places in the parish include: Barnscar, Birkby, and Ravenglass.

Parish church: St. Michael

Parish registers begin: 1583

Nonconformists include: Baptist and Wesleyan Methodist.

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Parish History

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

MUNCASTER, a township, a parish, and a sub-district, in Bootle district, Cumberland. The township lies on the river Esk, 1 ½ mile E of Ravenglass r. station; was anciently called Meol-ceastre; includes the site of a Roman station; and gives the title of Baron to the family of Pennington.

The parish contains also the township of Birkby and the village of Ravenglass; the latter of which has a post-office under Whitehaven. Acres, 5,166; of which 115 are water. Real property, £3,220; of which £30 are in fisheries. Pop., 580. Houses, 106. The property is much subdivided.

The manor belongs to Lord Muncaster. Muncaster Castle is Lord M.’s seat; takes its name from an ancient castle, the original seat of the Penningtons, now reduced to a state of ruin; is a handsome edifice, in the castellated style; contains a glass cup, called the Luck of Muncaster, given by Henry VI. to Sir John Pennington after the battle of Hexham; and stands amid beautiful grounds, with a charming view. Muncaster fell is a range of mountain, extending north-eastward, between the rivers Esk and Mite. Barnscar is a quondam town on Birkby fell, with traces of streets and houses; but so obscure in record as to be a puzzle to antiquaries.

The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £97. Patron, Lord Muncaster. The church is ancient and tolerable; and contains two piscinas, four brasses, and numerous monumental tablets of the Penningtons. There are an endowed school with £12 a-year, and charities £5.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

MUNCASTER (St. Michael), a parish, in the union of Bootle, Allerdale ward above Derwent, W. division of Cumberland; comprising the town of Ravenglass and the township of Birkby, and containing 602 inhabitants.

This place, formerly called Meol-Castre, derives its name from a castle, the ancient residence of the Penningtons, situated at Esk-Meol, near the mouth of the river Esk; the principal tower of the castle is retained in the mansion built by the late Lord Muncaster.

The parish comprises 3200 acres, of which 1200 are inclosed; about 1000 acres are arable, and 300 woodland. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £97; patron, Lord Muncaster, whose title of Baron, in the peerage of Ireland, is derived from this place.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

Census returns for Muncaster, 1841-1891

Parish registers for Muncaster, 1583-1913

Bishop’s transcripts for Muncaster, 1676-1874

Church records, 1828-1953

Church records, 1870-1891

Parish register transcript, christenings and marriages, Muncaster, Cumberland, 1735-1812, and Preston Patrick, Westmoreland, 1704-1800 Author: Norman, Bertram William Tuff, 1880-1959

Parish registers of Urswick 1802-1813, Ulpha 1689-1812 and Muncaster 1676-1725 Author: Norman, Bertram William Tuff, 1880-1959; Church of England. Parish Church of Urswick (Lancashire); Church of England. Chapelry of Ulpha (Cumberland); Church of England. Parish Church of Muncaster (Cumberland)

The registers of the church of S. S. Michael & All Angels, Muncaster, Cumbria in three parts Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Muncaster (Cumberland); Stout, H. B.

Computer printout of Muncaster, Cumberland, England


Kelly’s Directory of the Leather Trades 1880


Boot & Shoe Makers
Helin Richard
Stable George
Wilson John


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

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