Ulpha is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cumberland, created in 1747 from a chapelry in Millom Ancient Parish.

Parish church: St. John

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1703
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1689

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ULPHA, a chapelry in Millom parish, Cumberland; on the river Duddon, 5 miles N of Broughton r. station. Post town, Ulverston. Real property, £2,135. Pop., 360. Houses, 68.

The manor belongs to the Earl of Lonsdale. The reach of valley along the Duddon here is called the Vale of Ulpha, and possesses much beauty. Blue slate is quarried, and copper ore is mined.

The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £185. Patron, the Vicar of Millom. The “kirk of Ulpha,” says Wordsworth, “to the pilgrim’s eye is welcome as a star.”

There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels. A sheep and cattle fair is held on the last Friday of Aug.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

ULPHA, a chapelry, in the parish of Millom, union of Bootle, Allerdale ward above Derwent, W. division of Cumberland, 9 miles (E. by S.) from Ravenglass; containing 375 inhabitants.

The chapelry extends along the western bank of the river Duddon to the mountains Hard-Knot and Wrynose, in which direction is a stone marking the boundaries of Cumberland, Lancashire, and Westmorland. A Roman road crosses both these mountains; and about half way up the former are the remains of Hard-Knot Castle, a fortress anciently of great importance, the period of whose erection is involved in much obscurity.

There are quarries of excellent blue slate, of which about 1400 tons are annually raised; copper-mines were formerly worked, and zinc is known to exist. The coppices with which the district abounds produce a large supply of wood for making hoops and bobbins, the former disposed of at Liverpool, and the latter to the manufacturers of cotton, woollen, linen, and silk in other towns.

A fair for sheep is held on the first Monday in Septemter, and there are others on the Monday before Easter and on July 9th, formerly for cloth and yarn, but now only resorted to for pleasure. Ulpha Hall, which bears marks of high antiquity, has been converted into a farmhouse.

The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £49 per annum; patron, the Vicar of Millom. The chapel is dedicated to St. John. Here is a place of worship for Baptists.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records


England, Cumberland, Ulpha – Cemeteries ( 1 )
St John the Baptist Church Ulpha gravestone inscriptions
Author: Millom Discovery Centre

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

England, Cumberland, Ulpha – Church history ( 1 )
A mountain chapelry in Cumbria : incorporating “Dale Larnin”
Author: Simpson, Wignall

England, Cumberland, Ulpha – Church records ( 3 )
Bishop’s transcripts Ulpha, 1689-1857
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Ulpha (Cumberland)

Parish registers for Ulpha, 1703-1906
Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Ulpha (Cumberland)

Parish registers of Urswick 1802-1813, Ulpha 1689-1812 and Muncaster 1676-1725
Author: Norman, Bertram William Tuff, 1880-1959; Church of England. Parish Church of Urswick (Lancashire); Church of England. Chapelry of Ulpha (Cumberland); Church of England. Parish Church of Muncaster (Cumberland)

England, Cumberland, Ulpha – Church records – Indexes ( 1 )
Computer printout of Ulpha, Cumberland, England


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Cumberland
  • Civil Registration District: Bootle
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries – Copeland
  • Diocese: Carlisle
  • Rural Deanery: Copeland
  • Poor Law Union: Bootle
  • Hundred: Allerdale above Derwent Ward
  • Province: York

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