Kirkby Ireleth, Lancashire Family History Guide

Kirkby Ireleth is an Ancient Parish in the county of Lancashire. Broughton in Furness is a chapelry of Kirkby Ireleth.

Other places in the parish include: Soutergate, Sandside, Middle Quarter, Lower Quarter, Low Quarter, Kirkby Moor, Grisebeck, Gill Beck, Cross Beck, Chapel, Beckside, and Beanthwaite.

Alternative names: Kirkby in Furness

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1701
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1723

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Lowick
  • Pennington
  • Angerton
  • Blawith
  • Dalton in Furness
  • Broughton in Furness
  • Ulverston
  • Woodland
  • Torver

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

KIRKBY-IRELETH, a township and a parish in Ulverston district, Lancashire. The township lies on the Duddon estuary, and on the Furness railway, 4½ miles NW of Ulverston; has a station, of the name of Kirkby, on the railway; is divided, for local purposes, into the sections of Middle Quarter, Low Quarter, Heathwaite, and Woodlands; and contains the hamlets of Beckside, Chapel, Cross-Beck, Gill-Beck, Beanthwaite, Sandside, Soutergate, and Grisebeck, the last of which has a Post office under Ulverston. Acres, 9,010. Real property, £11,844; of which £5,600 are in quarries. Pop. in 1851, 1,748; in 1861, 1,666. Houses, 332. The manor, with most of the land, belongs to the Duke of Devonshire. Kirkby-Hall was long the seat of the Kirkby family; contains some curious ancient decorations; and is now a farm house. Quarries of excellent dark blue roofing slate are on Kirkby-Moor, in Middle-Quarter; extend in a series along a hill; give constant employment to about 350 men; and send their produce to all parts of the kingdom. A large proportion of the township id moor and mountain. Many families are engaged in cockle fishing in the Duddon. The parish contains also the township of West Broughton, and that of Dunnerdale-with-Seathwaite. Acres, 25,740. Real property, £20,729. Pop. in 1951, 3,366; in 1861, 3,138. Houses, 628. The property, except in K..I. township, is much subdivided. The manor of West Broughton belonged, for several centuries till 1487, to the Broughton family; and that of Seathwaite belongs to J. J. Rawlinson, Esq. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £140. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of York. The church stands at Beckside; is ancient, but good; consists of nave, N aisle, and chancel, with a tower; and contains ancient monuments of the Kirkby family. The p. curacies of Woodlands, Broughton-in-Furness, and Seathwaite are separate benefices. There are two parochial schools, and charities £88.

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


County: Lancashire
Civil Registration District: Ulverstone
Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Dean and Chapter of York
Diocese: Chester
Rural Deanery: Furness and Cartmel
Poor Law Union: Ulverston
Hundred: Lonsdale
Province: York