Wythburn is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Cumberland, created in 1745 from a chapelry in Crosthwaite Ancient Parish.

Wythburn was a small farming community, destroyed when the village was submerged with the creation in 1894 of Thirlmere reservoir.

Alternative names: St. John’s Castlerigg and Wythburn

Parish church:

National Heritage List for England number: 1144532

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1777
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1777

Nonconformists include:

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Wythburn Church

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

WYTHBURN, a chapelry in Crosthwaite parish, Cumberland; at the head of Legberthwaite, under Helvellyn, 7½ miles SSE of Keswick r. station. It has a post-office under Windermere, and a small inn. Rated property, £530. Pop., 116. The property is subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £82. Patron, the Vicar of Crosthwaite. The church is plain.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

WYTHBURN, a chapelry, in the parish of Crosthwaite, union of Cockermouth, Allerdale ward below Derwent, W. division of Cumberland, 8¼ miles (S. E. by S.) from Keswick; containing, with St. John’s Castlerigg, 499 inhabitants.

Here is an inn from which tourists often start to make the ascent of Helvellyn, a remarkable mountain in the immediate vicinity.

The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £82; patron, the Vicar of Crosthwaite.

The boundaries of the counties of Cumberland and Westmorland are here marked by Dunmaile-Raise Stones, which are said to commemorate the defeat of the last King of Cumberland, by Edmund, the Saxon monarch, of whom Malcolm, King of Scotland, held Cumberland in fee. Thirlmere lake is within the chapelry.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848


Parish Records

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Monumental inscriptions, Wythburn, Cumberland, England

Bishop’s transcripts forr Wythburn, 1777-1882

Church records, 1794-1883 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Wythburn (Cumberland)

Parish registers for Wythburn, 1777-1980

Computer printout of Wythburn, Cumb., Eng

Computer printout of Wythburn, Cumberland, England. christenings, 1777-1875

England, Cumberland, Castlerigg St. John’s and Wythburn – Census ( 1 )
Census returns for Castlerigg St. John’s and Wythburn, 1841-1891
Author: Great Britain. Census Office


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

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