Nether Wasdale is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cumberland, created in 1715 from a chapelry in St Bees Ancient Parish.

Alternative names: Wasdale

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Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1711
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1690

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The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WASDALE, the vale of Wast-water, in Cumberland; extending 7½ miles southwestward, from the foot of Styhead pass, to a point 5 miles NE of Ravenglass. It forms a bare, gloomy, profound mountain-trough, engirt by Yewbarrow, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Lingmell, and the Screes; and, as seen from Scaw Fell, is called by Wordsworth “a den;” yet, though the wildest of all the Cumberland lake-basins, it is the grandest. Wast-water occupies much of its bottom; is 3 miles long, and almost everywhere about ½ a mile broad; has a surface-elevation of 160 feet above sea-level; is so deep as to be popularly pronounced unfathomable; and contains plenty of trout, and a few char.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

WASDALE, or Nether Wasdale, a chapelry, in the parish of St. Bees, union of Whitehaven, Allerdale ward above Derwent, W. division of Cumberland, 4 miles (E.) from Gosforth; containing 203 inhabitants. The chapelry comprises about 15,200 acres, of which 14,000 are common and waste, and the rest arable, pasture, and woodland, in nearly equal portions. Here is the beautiful lake Wast-water, three miles long, half a mile broad, and forty-five fathoms deep, or about fifteen fathoms below the level of the sea; which disproportion as to its extent and depth accounts, perhaps, for its never having been known to freeze. A fair for sheep is held on the first Monday in September. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £66; patron, the Incumbent of St. Bees.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

Monumental inscriptions of Netherwasdale [Cumberland]

Census returns for Nether-Wasdale, 1841-1891

1851 census, Eskdale, Netherwasdale and Wasdale Author: Russell, M. M., Mrs.

Bishop’s transcripts for Nether-Wasdale, 1690-1854 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Nether-Wasdale (Cumberland)

Memorande or minute book

Parish registers for Nether-Wasdale, 1712-1811 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Nether-Wasdale (Cumberland)

Computer printout of Nether Wasdale, Cumberland, England


  • 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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