There are only two short references to Kirkbride in the National Gazetteer (1868), which is the main source of town and parish descriptions on this site. In the description for Cumberland itself it states:- "The Sark is for about 6 miles the border-line between Cumberland and Scotland, near Solway Moss. The Wampool and the Waver form one estuary of considerable size. The former flows from the Brocklebank Fells, past Old Carlisle and Wigton. The town of Kirkbride is close to its mouth." And listed under 'Kirkbride' it says:- "KIRK-BRIDE, or KIRK ST. BRIDGET. See BRIDEKIRK, co. Cumberland." It would appear from this reference that in 1868 Kirkbride was current also as an alias of Bridekirk, although I do not have independent corroboration of this. It is not clear why there was no entry for this village between Bowness (Solway) and Wigton in this otherwise comprehensive Gazetteer.