Asby is an Ancient Parish in the county of Westmorland.

Other places in the parish include: Little Asby, Great Asby, Garthen, Bank Moor, Asby Winderwath, Asby Overgrange, Asby Coatsforth, and Asby Coalsforth.

Alternative names: Ashby, Asheby

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1657
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1662

Nonconformists include: Particular Baptist and Wesleyan Methodist Association.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ASBY, formerly Ashby or Asheby, a parish in East Ward district, Westmoreland; on an affluent of the river Eden, adjacent to the Eden Valley railway, near Warcop r. station, and 4 miles S by E of Appleby. It comprises the townships of Great Asby, Little Asby, Asby-Coatsforth, and Asby-Winderwath, and the tract of Grange Hall sometimes deemed extra-parochial; and its Post town is Warcop under Penrith. Acres, 8,395. Real property, £3,507. Pop., 440. Houses, 89. The property is subdivided. Great Asby belonged to Roger Clifford. Little Asby had formerly a chapel with a chantry; and belonged to the Honeywoods. Asby-Coatsforth belonged to the Coatsforths and the Musgraves. Asby-Winderwath belonged to the Vanes. Asby-Overgrange belonged to Byland Abbey; and Gathorne to St. Leonard’s, York. Asby Hall is the seat of the Park family. Great part of the parish is mountainous. Three of the chief summits, Gathornelingow, Oxenburgh, and Castlefolds, have altitudes of respectively 1,538, 1,620, and 1,700 feet. Asby-Scar is a ridge of rock extending about 2 miles from N to S, and 4 miles from E to W. A cavern called Pate Hole, about a ¼ of a mile S of the hamlet of Great Asby, runs 430 yards in one direction, and 230 yards in another, and has, at the end of its first gallery, a pool 20 yards long and a lofty dome. Some striking scenery occurs among the mountains. Freestone, limestone, and copper ore, are worked. Several tumuli, various in form, exist at Sayle Bottom; and two, which were found to contain human remains, are at Gathorne Hall. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Carlisle, Value, £205. Patroness, Miss Hill. The church was rebuilt in 1866 at a cost of £2,000; and is in the decorated English style. There are an endowed school, with £41 a year, an alms-house, with £18, and other charities, with £20.

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

Historical Data



Social Structure


Boundary map

Census reports

Key findings

Relationships and changes

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

Monumental inscriptions of St. Peter’s Church Asby, All Saints Church Orton, St. James Church Tebay Author: Cumbria Family History Society

Census returns for Asby, 1841-1891

The Asby church register

Bishop’s transcripts for Asby, 1661-1874 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Asby (Westmoreland)

Parish registers for Asby, 1657-1939 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Asby (Westmoreland)

Parish register printouts of Asby, Westmorland, England ; christenings, 1726-1874 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

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


  • County: Westmorland
  • Civil Registration District: East Ward
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Carlisle (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Carlisle
  • Rural Deanery: Westmorland
  • Poor Law Union: East Ward
  • Hundred: East Ward
  • Province: York

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