Dalton in Furness, Lancashire Family History Guide

Dalton in Furness is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Lancashire.

Other places in the parish include: Barrow in Furness, Above Town Division, Above Town, Yarlside, Roa Island, Roa, North Scale, Lindale and Martin, Ireleth, Hawcoat, and Dalton Proper.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1565
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1689

Nonconformists include: Roman Catholic and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Pennington
  • Dendron
  • Kirkby Ireleth
  • Aldingham
  • Rampside
  • Urswick

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

DALTON-IN-FURNESS, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district in Ulverstone district, Lancashire. The town stands on the Furness railway, 1½ mile N of Furness abbey, and 5 SW of Ulverstone; is an ancient place, long the capital of Lower-Furness; consists of one street, spacious, antique, picturesque, and improved; and has a head post office, designated Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire, a railway station, a chief inn, an ancient tower, a parish church, a Wesleyan chapel, and a free school. The tower crowns a rocky eminence on the west; and belonged to a castle, built in the time of Edward III., by the abbots of Furness, to guard the northern approach to the abbey. The church stands near the tower, and was rebuilt in 1825. Markets are held on Saturdays; and fairs on 6 June and 23 Oct. A hunt, called the "Dalton Rout" in the "Tatler, " was established here in 1703; but has gone into disuse. Romney, the painter, was a native. Pop., 2,812. Houses, 538. The parish includes also the townships of Hawcoat and Yarlside, the chapelries of Ireleth and Rampside, the hamlet of Biggar, and the islands of Peel, Barrow, Roa, and Walney. Acres, 16, 364. Real property, £64,492; of which £4,025 are in mines, and £33,627 in railways. Pop., 9,152. Houses, 1,565. The property is much subdivided. Iron ore and limestone are plentiful: and mining and iron working are extensively carried on. Remains of a fortified-beacon occur on the eminence of High Haume. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £159. Patron, the Duchy of Lancaster. The chapelries of Ireleth, Rampside, Barrow, and Walney are separate benefices. The sub-district contains three parishes. Acres, 25,158. Pop., 11,243.

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

Administration

County: Lancashire
Civil Registration District: Ulverstone
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries - Furness
Diocese: Chester
Rural Deanery: Furness and Cartmel
Poor Law Union: Ulverston
Hundred: Lonsdale
Province: York