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"CALDBECK PARISH extends about eight miles in length and six in breadth; being bounded on the east by Castle Sowerby, on the south by Skidaw, on the west by Bassenthwaite, Uldale, and Ireby parishes, and on the north by Catlands, Brocklebank, and Warnel Fells. The soil near Hesket and Caldbeck is fertile, but the western parts of the enclosed land is cold and heavy. It ranks among its mineral treasures lead, copper, coal and limestone. It is divided into the three townships of Caldbeck Haltcliff, Caldbeck High, and Caldbeck Low which together in 1841, contained 1553 inhabitants." [Description from Mannix & Whellan's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland, 1847]

Archives and Libraries


  • History, Gazeteer and Directory of Cumberland. Mannix and Whelan, 1847. The Transactions of the Cumberland & Westmorland Antiquarian & Archaeological Society:
    • Caldbeck Parish Registers, Goodwin, Ellen K., Transactions 9, 1888.
    • Greenrig, Caldbeck, Parkin, John S., N.S. 72, 1972.
  • Caldbeck, Allen, Maureen 1994. Published by the author. ISBN: 0952604906
  • Caldbeck Characters: Tales of Ten Local People 1777-1974, Banister, U., etc. (Ed), Caldbeck and District Local History Society, 1995. ISBN: 0952600900


  • Monumental Inscriptions in the Church and Churchyard of Caldbeck, Cumberland, Wilson, James, Dalston, 1897.
  • Monumental Inscriptions in the Church and Churchyard at St. Kentigern's, Caldbeck and District Local History Society, August 1996. ISBN: 0952600919.


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Caldbeck area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church Records

  • The following church records are available at the Carlisle office of the Cumbria Archive Service: Church of England (CRO Reference: PR71)
    Baptisms Marriage Banns Burial Bishops Trans
    1657-1885 1657-1974 1754-1993 1657-1952 1663-1865
    Quakers: Monthly Meeting Minute Books:
    Marriage Burial
    1811-1817 1828-1831

Civil Registration

  • Beginning 1 July 1837, births, deaths and marriages, regardless of religious affiliation, were recorded with Civil Registration Offices in Cumbria, as in the rest of England. Copies of certificates recording these events may be purchased.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Caldbeck which are provided by:


  • A Description of Caldbeck transcribed from Mannix & Whellan's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland, 1847 by Carol Bennett.


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Caldbeck has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NY324399 (Lat/Lon: 54.749505, -3.051767), Caldbeck which are provided by:

Probate Records

  • Caldbeck fell under the authority of the ancient diocese of Carlisle and wills prior to 1858 were proved in the consistory court there. Records from 1548 to 1858 include original wills, letters of administration and inventories, although there are significant gaps in the years before 1661. These are deposited with the CRO at Carlisle. Comprehensive indexes exist, at the Carlisle CRO, in card files easily accessible in the reading room. The indexes cover from 1617 to 1941, listing the year of probate and the residence of the deceased. This is extraordinarily helpful in distinguishing between many individuals of the same name. Microfilm of many of these records, and a partial typescript of the indexes, is available at the Kendal office of the CRO.
  • The Province of York covered most of northern England, including this parish, and anyone who died leaving property in more than one diocese within the province would have their will proved in the Prerogative Court of the Archbishop of York (PCY) or sometimes in the Chancery Court of the Archbishop of York. These records are now deposited with York University, Borthwick Institute of Historical Research.
  • For probate from 1858 on, and general information, see our England - Probate page. However please note registered copy probate records for Cumberland are also available 1858-1941 at the Record Office in Carlisle.

[Page originated by Don Noble and Carol Bennett in 1999 and updated 2 Sep 2004 - Phil Stringer]