Nicholforest is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cumberland, created in 1744 from Kirkandrews on Esk Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Kingfield.

Alternative names: Nichol Forest

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1761
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1756

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

NICHOL-FOREST, a chapelry in Kirkandrews-upon-Esk parish, Cumberland; on Kershope burn and the river Liddel, and on the North British- railway, adjacent to Scotland, around Kershope-Foot r. station, 12 miles N E by N of Longtown. Post-town, Longtown, Cumberland. Acres, 7, 302. Real property, £4, 632. 1851, 744; in 1861, 1, 216. Houses, 141. The increase of pop. arose from the temporary presence of labourers employed in the forming of the railway.

The surface is hilly. The streams Kershope and Liddel here form several cascades. A medicinal spring, called Hert-feel spa, rises from the bed of the Liddel. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £132. Patron, the Rector of Kirkandrews-upon-Esk. A new church was built in 1867, and is in the early English style. The poet Armstrong was a native.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

NICHOL-FOREST, a chapelry, in the parish of Kirk-Andrews-upon-Esk, union of Longtown, Eskdale ward, E. division of Cumberland, 10½ miles (N. E. by N.) from Longtown; containing 825 inhabitants, of whom 449 are in the Upper, and 376 in the Lower, township.

The Liddel and Kershop rivers, which separate the chapelry from Scotland, here produce some beautiful cascades; and from the bed of the former, rises a chalybeate spring called Hert-fell Spa, the water of which is strongly impregnated with alum.

The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £132; patron, Sir J. R. G. Graham, Bart. The chapel, situated at Kingfield, was rebuilt in the year 1812. Armstrong, the poet, was born in the neighbourhood.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

Census returns for Nichol-Forest, 1841-1891

Bishop’s transcripts for Nichol-Forest, 1756-1873

Church records, 1844-1907

Parish registers for Nichol-Forest, 1761-1979

[Transcript of marriages, 1756-1812, from the bishop’s transcript for the chapelry of Nichol-Forest, Cumberland]

Computer printout of Nichol Forest, Cumb., Eng

Parish register printouts of Nichol Forest, Cumberland, England ; marriages, 1756-1873

Parish register printouts of Nicol Forest, Cumbearland, England, christenings, 1761-1873


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

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