Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland Family History Guide

Status: Ancient Parish

Other places included in the parish: Hartley, Kaber, Nateby, Waitby, Waity, Wharton, Winton

Parish church: St. Stephen

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1647
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1647

Nonconformists include: Independents, Wesleyan Methodists

Parishes adjacent to Kirkby Stephen

  • Crosby Garrett
  • Soulby
  • Mallerstang
  • Stainmore
  • Ravenstonedale
  • Smardale
  • Great Musgrave
  • Bowes
  • Brough under Stainmore
  • Grinton
  • Muker

Historical Descriptions

Kirkby Stephen

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

KIRKBY-STEPHEN, a small town, a township, a parish, and a sub-district, in East Ward district, Westmoreland. The town stands on the river Eden, and on the South Durham and Lancashire railway, at the junction of the Eden Valley railway, under Ash Fell, 9½ miles SE by S of Appleby; consists chiefly of one long well built street; is a seat of petty sessions, and a polling place; and has a post office under Penrith, a railway station, two banking offices, a market house, a police station, a temperance hall, a church, Independent and Wesleyan chapels, a grammar school, a girls' and infant school, a literary institute, a workhouse, a cemetery, and charities £222. The church is large and ancient; includes Saxon or Norman portions; was recently rebuilt, to the extent of the chancel, and of two chantries; has a lofty tower; and contains monnments of the Musgraves, the Whartons, the Dalstons, and others. The Independent chapel was built in 1865. The grammar school was founded in the time of Elizabeth; and has an endowed income of nearly £70, and two small exhibitions at Cambridge or Oxford. The workhouse is that of East Ward district; and, at the census of 1861, had 65 inmates. A weekly market is held on Monday; and fairs are held on Easter Monday, Whit Tuesday, and 29 Oct. Trade has much increased since the opening of the railway in 1861. Burn, the author of the "Justice of Peace, " was a native of Winton in this parish. The township comprises 3,552 acres. Real property, £3,122. Pop. in 1851, 1,339; in 1861, 1,715. Houses, 340. The parish contains also the townships of Kaber, Winton, Hartley, Nateby, Wharton, Mallerstang, Smardale, Waitby, and Soulby. Acres, 27,921. Real property, with Brough-Sowerby and Crosby-Garrett townships, £20,029. Pop. in 1851, 2,753; in 1861, 3,531. The increase of pop. arose chiefly from temporary work in the forming of the railway. There are three manors; and they belong to Sir Richard Tufton, Bart., Sir George Musgrave, Bart., and the Earl of Lonsdale. The land about the town is rich and well cultivated; but the parish includes much moor and mountain, intersected by glens and dales, and extending to the backbone of England. Game abounds; and coal, limestone, and copper ore occur. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £513. Patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The p. curacies of Mallerstang and Soulby are separate benefices. The sub-district contains also four other parishes. Acres, 70,762. Pop., 6,563: Houses, 1,264

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


Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Nateby, a township in Kirkby-Stephen parish, Westmoreland; on the river Eden, 1½ mile S of Kirkby-Stephen. Acres, 2,075. Pop., 159. Houses, 29. The manor belonged to the Hastings, passed to the Whartons, and belongs now to the Earl of Lonsdale. A very fine fall of the river Eden is here; and a lofty fell, called the Nine Standards, from stones erected on it to mark the boundary between Westmoreland and Yorkshire, is 2 ½ miles to the E.

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

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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