Dunnerdale & Seathwaite

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SEATHWAITE, a chapelry and a mountain vale in Kirkby-Ireleth parish, Lancashire. The chapelry lies adjacent to Cumberland, 4¼ miles W by S of Coniston r.station. Post-town, Grisebeck, under Ulverstone. Acres, 10,940. Pop., 171. Houses, 34. The manor belongs to J. J. Rawlinson, Esq. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, 80.* Patron, J. J. Rawlinson, Esq. The church is good; and there is a parochial school. The vale is mainly identical with the chapelry; descends 4 miles south-westward, at an acute angle to the Duddon river; is flanked, on the right, by Greyfriars mountain, on the left, by the Old Man of Coniston and Dow Crag; and contains, in its central part, the lakelet of S. Tarn, gemmed with an islet, over-hung by precipices, and commanding a vista-view away to Fairfield mountain.

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.



Details about the census records, and indexes for Dunnerdale with Seathwaite.

Church History

Church Records

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Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Dunnerdale and Seathwaite area is Ulverston.

Description and Travel

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Residents in 1882 found in Mannex's directory of Furness and Cartmel.


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Historical Geography

In 1835 Seathwaite was a chapelry and Dunnerdale a township in the parish of Kirkby Ireleth.


The history of Dunnerdale and Seathwaite as described in Mannex's directory of Furness and Cartmel, 1882.


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Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Seathwaite was in the peculiar of the Dean of the Chapter of York whose records are deposited at the Borthwick Institute. A list of the probate records at York which relate specifically to the ancient parish of Kirkby Ireleth (including Broughton-in-Furness and Seathwaite) is available at Cumbria Record Office, Barrow.


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