Kirkby Stephen is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Westmorland. Smardale is a chapelry of Kirkby Stephen.

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

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].

Parish Records

FamilySearch – Birth Marriage & Death records, Census, Migration & Naturalization and Military records

Parish of Kirkby Stephen Parish Registers, Westmorland, England

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Interments, 1843-1900 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Cemetery (Kirkby-Stephen, Westmoreland)

Census returns for Kirkby-Stephen, 1841-1891

Bishop’s transcripts for Kirkby-Stephen, 1647-1897

Bishop’s transcripts for Mallerstang, 1774-1875 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Mallerstang (Westmoreland)

Bishop’s transcripts for Soulby, 1813-1886 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Soulby (Westmoreland)

Church records, 1852-1885 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (Kirk-Stephen, Westmoreland)

Church records, 1883-1902 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Chapels. Kirkby-Stephen and Appleby Circuits (Westmoreland)

Mallerstang, Westmorland county, England, parish registers Author: Sandford-Thompson, W. A. C.; Church of England. Chapelry of Mallerstang (Westmoreland)

Parish registers for Kirkby-Stephen, 1647-1918 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Kirkby-Stephen (Westmoreland)

Parish registers for Mallerstang, 1714-1901 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Mallerstang (Westmoreland)

Parish register printouts of Kirkby-Stephen, Westmoreland, England ; christenings, 1746-1861

An eighteenth-century shopkeeper Abraham Dent of Kirby Stephen Author: Willan, Thomas Stuart, 1910-1994

Kirkby Stephen at work : a historic directory of trades, occupations and professions practised in Kirkby Stephen and district (including Brough) 1780-1905 Author: McKay, Barry; Wilson, Chris

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Ordnance Survey Sheet NY 70 Kirkby Stephen, Published 1952.jpg – Wikimedia Commons


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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