Rockcliffe, Cumberland Family History Guide

Rockcliffe is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cumberland.

Other places in the parish include: Castle Town Quarter, Castletown Quarter, Church Town Quarter.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1679

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Rockcliffe

  • Stanwix
  • Kirklinton
  • Houghton St John

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ROCKCLIFF, a village and a parish in Carlisle district, Cumberland. The village stands on the river Eden, 1¼ mile W of the Caledonian railway, and 4½ N W by N of Carlisle; and has a station on the railway, and a post-office under Carlisle. The parish is divided into the townships of Churchtown-Quarter and Castletown-Quarter; extends to the river Esk and the Solway frith; and comprises 5,438 acres of land, and 1,134 of water. Real property, £5,643. Pop., 949. Houses, 200. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged anciently to the Ratcliffes; passed to the Dacres and the Strongs; and belongs now to the Earl of Lonsdale. R. Hall and Castletown House are chief residences. Remains exist of anold castle of the Dacres. A mineral spring, near the Eden, throws up a scum which tinges paper with a beantiful gold colour. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £100. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Carlisle. The church was rebuilt in 1848, and has a tower and spire.

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

Church Town Quarter

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Church-Town-Quarter, a township in Rockliffe parish, Cumberland; on the river Eden and the Caledonian railway, 4 ¼ miles NNW of Carlisle. Acres, 1,347. Pop., 447. Houses, 94.

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


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