"This parish is the extreme southern part of the county, and stretches northward from the sea along the west bank of the river Duddon, to the source of the Esk, and containing the four townships of Birker and Austhwaite, Chapel Sucken, Millom Below and Millom Above; also the two chapelries of Thwaites and Ulpha. It is bounded on the north by the Esk, which divides it from Muncaster and Eskdale, on the west by Waberthwaite, Corney, Bootle, Whitbeck and Whicham, and on the south by the mouth of the Duddon which here expands into an open sandy bay, well known for its mussels and cockles." [Description from Mannix & Whellan's History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland, 1847]
Millom has a Folk Museum - St. George's Road, Millom, LA18 4DD. The small museum and information centre are open during summer months. Among the records and exhibits on display is a full-scale reconstruction of a drift from the nearby Hodbarrow iron ore mine, together with a replica of a miner's cottage kitchen and a blacksmith's forge.
Millom Castle dates from 1335. The ruins surround the farmhouse which partly occupies the pele tower. Viewing is by permission from the farm.
"The Church of Millom, dedicated to the Holy Trinity is situate in this township, close to the Castle. It is a venerable edifice consisting of a nave and chancel, a south aisle, and a modern porch, with a bell turret carrying two bells. Near (the) east window is a piscina and at the west end is an octagonal stone font, ornamented with quatre-foils and a shield charged with the arms of Huddleston. In the church is an ancient mural tablet recording the names of several of the Huddleston family. The Rev Henry Pickthall B.A. is the present vicar, being inducted in 1836."
(Extract from History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland, Mannix & Whellan, cited above)
Millom fell under the authority of the ancient diocese of Chester and wills prior to 1858 were proved in the consistory court of the commissary of the Archdeconry of Richmond and are now deposited in the Lancashire Record Office. Most surviving local wills prior to 1858 are therefore in the Lancashire Record Office, Preston. However indexes are available at Barrow for COPELAND 1530-1857, and the Cumbria Record Office in Carlisle holds microfilm of some wills for the Deanery of Copeland 1466-1860.
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.