Ousby is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cumberland.

Alternative names: Ousbyshire, Ulfsby

Other places in the parish include: Fell Side, Row, and Bradley.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1663
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1663

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

OUSBY, or Ulfsby, a village and a parish in Penrith district, Cumberland. The village stands on an affluent of the river Eden, 2 miles W of the Maiden way, 2½ NW of the boundary with Westmoreland, 4½ W of the summit of Crossfell, 5 N by E of Temple-Sowerby r. station, and 8½ ENE of Penrith; is said to have taken its name from Ulff, a Dane who anciently held the property around it; is now commonly called Ousbyshire; and is a small and straggling place.

The parish contains also the hamlets of Bradley, Fell-Side, and the Row; and its post town is Melmerby, under Penrith. Acres, 6,000. Real property, £2,623. Pop., 294. Houses, 58. The property is divided among a few. Much of the surface is mountainous and waste; and much of the cultivated land suffers injury to its crops from very high winds, rushing down from the gorges of the mountains. Limestone and sandstone abound; and small seams of coal and veins of lead occur.

The living is a rectory in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £353. Patron, the Bishop of Carlisle. The church is ancient; was repaired in 1859: has a bell-turret; and contains a piscina, three sedilia, and a wooden effigies of a knight. There are a national school with £50 a year from endowment, and charities £3. Robinson, the antiquary, and Bishop Heming were rectors.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

OUSBY (St. Luke), a parish, in the union of Penrith, Leath ward, E. division of Cumberland, 9¼ miles (E. N. E.) from the town of Penrith; containing 271 inhabitants.

This place, properly Ulfsby, the seat of Ulff, a Dane, is situated to the west of a chain of mountains; and from its elevated position, is subject to great damage from the Helm winds, which occur frequently from September to May, and do much injury to the corn. The parish comprises 6032 acres, of which 4000 are common or waste; the soil of the cultivated land is a kind of red marl or rich loam, though in some places it is light and sandy. Limestone and red-sandstone abound, and there are veins of lead-ore, and some small seams of coal.

The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £13. 13. 4.; net income, £353; patron, the Bishop of Carlisle. The church contains, in a niche, a wooden effigy of a man in armour. Here are the remains of a British fortification, consisting of an outer and an inner rampart, within the area of which Roman urns and other antiquities have been found: the Maiden way traverses the mountainous parts of the parish.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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England, Cumberland, Ousby – Cemeteries ( 1 )
The Memorial inscriptions of melmerby, Ousby, kirkland, Skirwith & Culgaith, also, addenda to Croglin, Cumrew, Edenhall, Gamblesby, Kirkoswald, & Renwick, volume 4
Author: Godwin, Jeremy; Clarke, Pat; Smith, Alan

England, Cumberland, Ousby – Census ( 1 )
Census returns for Ousby, 1841-1891
Author: Great Britain. Census Office

England, Cumberland, Ousby – Church records ( 1 )
Bishop’s transcripts Ousby, 1663-1893
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Ousby (Cumberland)

England, Cumberland, Ousby – Church records – Indexes ( 4 )
Computer printout of Ousby, Cumb., Eng

Parish register printouts of Ousby, Cumberland, England ; christenings, 1663-1758
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Ousby, Cumberland, England ; christenings, 1759-1875
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Ousby, Cumberland, England ; marriages, 1759-1875
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

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Administration

  • 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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