Watermillock is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cumberland, created in 1742 from Greystoke Ancient Parish.

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Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1580
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1664

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

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The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WATERMILLOCK, a chapelry, with a village, in Greystoke parish, Cumberland; on Ulleswater, 3¾ miles S by E of Penruddock r. station, and 7 SW of Penrith. It has a post-office under Penrith. Acres, 9,336; of which 1,020 are water. Real property, £4,425; of which £17 are in fisheries. Pop., 576. Houses, 102. The property is much subdivided. Hallsteads is a chief residence. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £1 30. Patron, the Rector of Greystoke. The church was built in 1558. There are an endowed school and charities £10.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

WATER-MILLOCK, a chapelry, in the parish of Greystock, union of Penrith, Leath ward, E. division of Cumberland, 7 miles (S. W.) from Penrith; containing 524 inhabitants.

This place is sometimes called Newchurch, from the present chapel, which was built in 1558, on a more convenient site than the former. It is situated on the north side of Ullswater lake, in a district abounding with diversified scenery, the natural beauties of which have been heightened and improved by the erection of several handsome private residences, with pleasure-grounds tastefully laid out.

In a deep glen in Gow-Barrow Park, rushing impetuously through the thick foliage of full-grown trees, is Airey Force, a beautiful cataract, which, dashing from rock to rock, emits a considerable spray. The discharge of a gun produces, from the reverberation of the hills, an effect somewhat like thunder, and one or two French horns that of an harmonious concert of musical instruments.

The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £100; patron, the Rector of Greystock. A school for boys is endowed with £525 in the three and a half per cent, consols.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census returns for Watermillock, 1841-1891

1851 census of Watermillock chapelry, parish of Greystoke

Bishop’s transcripts Watermillock, 1664-1855

The registers of the parish of Watermillock in the county of Cumberland : baptisms, burials and marriages, 1579-1812

Computer printout of Watermillock, 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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