Ambleside is an Ecclesiastical Parish and a market town in the county of Westmorland, created in 1746 from a chapelry in Grasmere Ancient Parish and Windermere Ancient Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Ambleside Below Stock.

Alternative names: Ambleside-Above-Stock

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1642
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1795

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

AMBLESIDE, a small town, a township, a chapelry, and a subdistrict, in Westmoreland. The town stands on a central spot of the Lake country, at the mouths of Stockgill glen and Rothay vale, under Wansfell and Fairfield mountain, 1 mile above the head of Windermere lake, and 4½ NNW of Windermere r. station. It is a great resort of tourists for visiting the Lakes; and it commands a very noble circle of views and drives. It presents an irregular appearance; but it has, of late years, been much extended and improved; and it contains three large hotels, some comfortable lodging-houses, and many good shops. It has a post-office under Windermere, a banking office, a library, a national school, and a free grammar school; and is a polling-place, and a seat of petty sessions. Coaches run from it daily to Windermere, Grasmere, Keswick, and Cockermouth. A market is held on Wednesday; and fairs on Whit-Wednesday, and on 13 and 29 Oct. An ancient cross stood in the market-place. A church, built in 1812, stands within the town, continues to be in use; and a new church, built in 1854, in the mediæval style, with a memorial window to Wordsworth, and a disproportionately large steeple, stands in the vale to the west. There are a chapel for Methodists, a town hall built in 1858, and a mechanics’ institute. A bobbin mill, of picturesque appearance, is in the mouth of Stockgill glen. The Roman station Dictis w as in the neighbourhood, near the head of Windermere, and can still be faintly traced. Many Roman coins and other Roman relics have been found there; and some of them are preserved at Oxford. Ambleside dates from remote times; and was called first Amelsate, and afterwards Hamelside. A peculiar ceremony, which originated in the time of Pope Gregory IV., and includes a procession of school children bearing flower-garlands to the church, is observed annually on the eve of the last Sunday in July. Hence the lines of Wordsworth,

Forth by rustic music led,

The village children, while the sky is red

With evening light, advance in long array

Through the still churchyard, each with garland gay,

That, carried sceptre-like, o’ertops the head

Of the proud wearer.

The township of Ambleside is partly in the parish of Windermere, partly in that of Grasmere. Acres, 3,244, of which 454 are water. Real property, £7,482. Pop., 1,603. Houses, 306. The property is much subdivided. Many parts are adorned with fine residences, and with gardens, lawns, or woods. One part in the west contains a large slate quarry; and the mountains contain lead and copper ore. The chapelry is co-extensive with the township; and is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £80. Patron, General Le Fleming. Charities, £144.

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

Historical Data




Boundary map

Census reports

Key findings

Relationships and changes

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

Memorial inscriptions of St. Anne’s and St. Mary’s, Ambleside and Grasmere

Census returns for Ambleside, 1841-1891

Bishop’s transcripts for Ambleside, 1795-1876

Ambleside town and chapel : some contributions towards their history Author: Armitt, Mary L.

Full colour street map of Kendal : Ambleside, Windermere, Keswick, Milnthorpe, Kirkby Lonsdale, Grange-over-Sands Author: Focus Maps

Westmorland Archives & Family History Groups

Cumbria Archives


Cumbria County History Trust | a collaborative community project

Cumbria Industrial History Society | Industrial History of Cumbria

The Cumbria Amenity Trust Mining History Society – CATMHS

GENUKI: Westmorland, Westmorland

Local History Societies

Alston Moor Historical Society

Asby History Group on the Asby Parish

Appleby-in-Westmorland Society

Appleby Archaeology Group

Bampton and District Local History Society

Cumbria Local History Federation (CLHF)

The History of Eamont Bridge

History Group on the Long Marton

Orton and Tebay Local History Society

Ravenstonedale Parish History Group

Shap Local History Society

Upper Eden History Society


Westmorland Poll 1826

Principal Inhabitants of Cumberland and Westmorland 1829 PDF

Westmorland, England – Wills Abstracts

Cumbrian Manorial Records – Homepage

Gravestone Photos

Westmorland Church Notes

Legends and Historical Notes

Place-Names of Westmorland

Pedigrees of Westmorland


Westmorland RootsChat.Com

Records for England

Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Marriage Records

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Death Records

England Death Records, 1998-2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977



England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911


United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries


Old maps of Britain and Europe from A Vision of Britain Through Time

Ordnance Survey One-Inch Sheet 12 Keswick & Ambleside, Published 1925.jpg

Ordnance Survey One-Inch Tourist Map of the Lake District Published 1925.jpg

Ordnance Survey Sheet NY 30 Ambleside, Published 1959.jpg


  • County: Westmorland
  • Civil Registration District: Kendal
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries – Kendal
  • Diocese: Chester
  • Rural Deanery: Kendal
  • Poor Law Union: Kendal
  • Hundred: East Ward
  • Province: York

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