Torpenhow is an Ancient Parish in the county of Cumberland.

Other places in the parish include: Bothel and Threapland, Torpenhow and Whittrigg, Torpenhow and Whitrigg, Whitrigg, Blennerhassett and Kirkland, Blennerhasset and Kirkland, and Bewaldeth and Snittlegarth.

Parish church: St. Michael

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1651
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1663

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Table of Contents

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

TORPENHOW, a village and a township in Wigton district, and a parish partly also in Cockermouth district, Cumberland. The village stands 2¾ miles W by N of Ireby, and 3½ SSE of Brayton r. station; and has a post-office under Carlisle.

The township includes Whitrigg hamlet. Real property, without that hamlet, £2,146. Pop. with W., 344. Houses, 67. The parish contains three other townships, and comprises 9,670 acres. Pop., 1,083. Houses, 221. The manor belongs to W. J. Charlton, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £283. Patron, the Bishop of Carlisle. The church includes Norman remains, and is tolerable. There are an endowed school with £50 a year, and charities £15.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

TORPENHOW (St. Michael), a parish, in the poorlaw union of Wigton, Allerdale ward below Derwent, W. division of Cumberland; including the townships of Bewaldeth with Snittlegarth, Blennerhassett with Kirkland, and Bothel with Threapland; and containing 1067 inhabitants, of whom 315 are in the township of Torpenhow with Whitrigg, 2½ miles (W. by N.) from Ireby.

This parish, which is bounded on the north by the river Ellen, abounds with freestone and limestone. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £33. 6. 8., and in the gift of the Bishop of Carlisle: the tithes were commuted for land under inclosure acts, in 1807 and 1814. The church is principally in the Norman style; the roof of carved oak, is painted and curiously embellished,

On a hill called Caer Mot, are the remains of a square double intrenchment, intersected by the old road from Keswick to Old Carlisle; near it is a smaller encampment, defended by a rampart and fosse.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

FamilySearch

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

England, Cumberland, Torpenhow – Church history ( 1 )
The parish church of St. Michael, Torpenhow : a guide and historical notes
Author: Wittey, W. G. G.

England, Cumberland, Torpenhow – Church records ( 5 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Torpenhow, 1663-1873
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Torpenhow (Cumberland)

Church records, 1672-1931
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Torpenhow (Cumberland)

Parish registers for Torpenhow, 1651-1931
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Torpenhow (Cumberland)

[Transcript of marriages, 1663-1812, from the bishop’s transcript for the parish of Torpenhow, Cumberland]
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Torpenhow (Cumberland)

A true copy of Torpenhow church records taken from the bishop’s transcripts, [1663-1837]
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Torpenhow (Cumberland); McGuffie, Isobel

England, Cumberland, Torpenhow – Church records – Indexes ( 4 )
Allerdale burial index
Author: Cumbria Family History Society

Computer printout of Torpenhow, Cumb., Eng

Parish register printouts of Torpenhow, Cumberland, England ; christenings, 1813-1873
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Torpenhow, Cumberland, England ; marriages, 1813-1872
Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

England, Cumberland, Torpenhow – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Church records, 1672-1931
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Torpenhow (Cumberland)

England, Cumberland, Torpenhow – Public records ( 1 )
Church records, 1672-1931
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Torpenhow (Cumberland)

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

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

Related Parishes