Beetham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Westmorland.

Other places in the parish include: Tarleton, Methop with Ulpha, Methop and Ulpha, Holme Island, Haverbrack, Farleton, and Arnside.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1604
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1689

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BEETHAM, a township and a parish in Kendal district, Westmoreland. The township lies on the river Beetha, 1½ mile S of Milnthorpe. Acres, 7,101; of which 1,885 are water. Real property, with Tarleton, £6,095. Pop., 776. Houses, 160. The parish extends down both sides of the river Kent to Morecambe bay; includes the townships of Tarleton, Haverbrack, Witherslack, and Methop-with-Ulpha; is traversed by the Lancaster and Carlisle and the Lancaster and Ulverston railways; and contains the village of Arnside, with a station on the latter railway and a post-office under Milnthorpe. Acres, 17,449; of which 4,177 are water. Real property, £11,449. Pop;, 1,510. Houses, 289. The property is much subdivided. The surface is diversified, hilly, and picturesque. Slate and limestone occur; and paper-making is carried on. Beetham Hall, formerly the seat of the Betham family, now the property of the Earl of Derby, was a fine castellated mansion, but is now in ruins. Cappleside House also was a great mansion, with 117 feet of frontage; but is likewise in ruins. The towers of Arnside and Helslack, supposed to have been erected to guard the bay of Morecambe, make a conspicuous figure, but are also in ruins. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle. Value £159. Patron, the Duchy of Lancaster. The church is a neat edifice; and contains monuments of the Betham and Wilson families, and a manuscript history of the parish, written by the vicar Hutton. The p. curacy of Witherslack is a separate benefice. A grammar school, founded by Dean Barwick, has an endowed income of about £40; and other charities have about £472.

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


A Topographical Dictionary of England 1845

Farleton, a township, in the parish of Beetham, union and ward of Kendal, county of Westmorland, 3 miles (N.) from Burton-in-Kendal; containing 118 inhabitants. It comprises 1083 acres, of which 200 are waste land or common. The Kendal and Lancaster canal passes on the western side of the village. Farleton Knot, a lofty rock of limestone, has on its summit several springs. The tithes have been commuted for £105. 7 , of which £3. 4. 9. are payable to the vicar, £7. 2. 3. to impropriators, and £95 to the Free Grammar school, Kirkby-Lonsdale. There are some remains of a castle, supposed to be of Roman origin.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis Fifth Edition Published London; by S. Lewis and Co., 13, Finsbury Place, South. M. DCCC. XLV.

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

The memorial inscriptions of St Michael & All Angels Church Beetham and St. James Church Arnside

Census returns for Beetham, 1841-1891

The Beetham repository, 1770 Author: Hutton, William, 1723-1815

Bishop’s transcripts for Beetham, 1689-1870

Bishop’s transcripts for Witherslack, 1801-1887

Parish register transcripts for Witherslack, 1629-1812

Parish register transcripts, Killington, Westmorland, England … and Witherslack, Westmorland, England : christenings, marriages and burials, 1689-1800 [Killington] and christenings, marriages and burials, 1694-1800 [Witherslack]

Parish registers for Beetham

Parish registers for St. James’ Church, Arnside, 1866-1917

Parish register printouts of Beetham, Westmorland, England ; christenings, 1813-1870

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: 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: Kendal
  • Province: York

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