Skelton is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cumberland.

Other places in the parish include: Lamonby and Unthank.

In 1934 the parish absorbed the former civil parishes of Hutton-in-the-Forest; and Middlesceugh and Braithwaite; plus part of Dalston.

Parish church: St. Mary

National Heritage List for England number: 1210931

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1580
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1662

Nonconformists include:

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SKELTON, a township and a parish in Penrith district, Cumberland. The township lies 3½ miles NNW of Blencow r. station, and 6½ NW of Penrith; and has a post-office under Penrith. Real property, £1,927. Pop., 282. Houses, 64.

The parish contains also two other townships, and comprises 6,326 acres. Pop., 719. Houses, 152. The manor belongs to Sir H. R. Vane. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £294. Patron, Corpus Christi College, Oxford. The church was restored in 1794. There are an endowed school with £32 a year, and charities £7.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

SKELTON (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Penrith, Leath ward, E. division of Cumberland; containing, with the townships of Lamonby and Unthank, 788 inhabitants, of whom 314 are in Skelton township, 6¾ miles (N. W. by W.) from Penrith. Freestone and limestone are obtained here.

The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £43. 3. 6½.; net income, £294; patrons, the President and Fellows of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. The tithes of Skelton township have been commuted for £110, and the glebe consists of 33 acres. The church is an ancient structure, thoroughly repaired in 1794: it formerly contained a richly-endowed chantry. A free school, erected in 1750 by Isaac Milner, was endowed in 1817 by the Rev. Joseph Nelson with £1000, now producing upwards of £32 a year.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

Census returns for Skelton, 1841-1891

Bishop’s transcripts for Skelton, 1663-1875

Parish records, 1734-1899

Parish registers for Skelton, 1580-1962 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Skelton (Cumberland)

The registers of the parish church of Skelton, Cumberland, 1580-1812 : baptisms, marriages, and burials, 1580-1812 Author: Brierley, Henry, 1846-1933

Computer printout of Skelton, Cumberland, England


  • 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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