Lower Holker

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HOLKER (LOWER), a village and a township in Cartmel parish, Lancashire. The village stands 2 miles SW of Cartmel town, and contains several neat residences. The township includes also the villages of Cark and Flookburgh; and is conterminate with Flookburgh cha pelry. Acres, 2,130. Real property, 4,600. Pop. in 1851, 1,225; in 1861, 1,160. Houses, 243. The decrease of pop. was caused by the removal of operatives to the iron ore localities. The manor belongs to the Duke of Devonshire. Holker Hall, a seat of the Duke, is a spacious edifice; has recently undergone much improvement; contains a fine collection of paintings; and stands in a well wooded park, extending to the shore of Morecambe bay.

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.



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Church History

Church Records

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Lower Holker area is Ulverston.

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Historical Geography

In 1835 Lower Holker was a township in the parish of Cartmel.

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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Lower Holker 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.


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