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CLAIFE, a township in Hawkeshead parish, Lancashire; on the E side of Esthwaite-water, 2 miles SE of Hawkeshead. Acres, 5, 310. Real property, 3,688. Pop., 540. Houses, 103.

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)

Archives and libraries

Local studies information is held at Cumbria Record Office & Local Studies Library, Barrow and at Kendal library.



Details about the census records, and indexes for Claife.

Church History

Church Records

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Claife 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.

Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Claife area is Ulverston.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Claife which are provided by:

Historical Geography

In 1835 Claife was a township in the parish of Hawkshead.


View maps of Claife and places within its boundaries.

The Old-Maps site has made available an historic map near Claife in the 19th century.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD378974 (Lat/Lon: 54.368310, -2.958883), Claife which are provided by:

Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Claife was in the Archdeaconry of Richmond, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Richmond are held at the Lancashire Record Office.


You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.