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  • Location of parish on undated map by William Mackenzie, scanned by Sarah Reveley. Area around the parish on undated map by William Mackenzie, scanned by Sarah Reveley. The parish of Askham is bounded on the East by the parishes of Lowther and Bampton, on the South by the parish of Bampton, on the West by the parish of Barton, and on the North by the parishes of Barton and Lowther
    [Note: The parish of Askham includes the manors of Askham and Helton Flecket]

    Description & Travel

    Nicolson and Burn:
    The history and antiquities of the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. 1777. Transcribed by Anne Nichols.

    "Askham seems to have been so called from some proprietor thereof in ancient time of the name Aske; for such a name there was.

    The parish of Askham is bounded on the East by the parishes of Lowther and Bampton, on the South by the parish of Bampton, on the West by the parish of Barton, and on the North by the parishes of Barton and Lowther; and consists of about 81 families, all of the church of England, except only one or two. [in 1777]

    The church is dedicated to St. Peter, perhaps in allusion to the rock on which it is founded. It is a vicarage. "

    Cemeteries

    M.I.s for Askham were transcribed in Westmorland Church Notes by E. Bellasis 1888-89 and are available on Westmorland Papers.

    Transcript of Memorial Inscriptions for St Peter's churchyard is provided by Virginia Gretton, which includes the following names:

    AIREY, ABBOTT, ALLONBY, BACON, BAILEY, BAILIFF, BARDGETT, BELL, BIGGINS, BIRBECK/BURBECK, BLAND, BOWERBANK, BOWMAN, BRANTHWAITE, BROWN, BRUNSKILL, BURTON, CARRUTHERS, CASTLE, CASTLEHOW, CLARK, COULSTON, COOPER, DAFFURN, DAWSON, DOCKERAY, DONALD, FURNESS, GILLGAN, GUNTRIP, HABETT, HALL, HARRISON, HENDERSON, HOGARTH, HOGG, HOLESWORTH/HOLDSWORTH, HUDSON, HUNTER, KIRKBRIDE, LEACH, LEWTHWAITE, LOWTHIAN, McCRONE, MANDLE, MANSELL, MARTIN, MILLER, MOSS, MOUNSEY, NICHOLS, NICHOLSON, PEARSON, ROBINSON, SCOTT, SHARP, SHOTTON, SOUTHEY, TEASDALE, TINNING, THOMPSON, WADE, WARD, WHEELER, WHITE, WILSON, WINDER, WINTER.

    Census

    Returns survive in the 'census' of 1787 and are held at the Kendal Record Office of Cumbria Archives Service. The Record Office reference is WQ/SP/C. They are transcribed in Vital Statistics published by Curwen Archives Trust 1992. ISBN 1897590008. There is a trancsription on EdenLinks for Askham and Helton Flecket.

    Census returns are available from the usual sources for 1841-1911.

    A transcript of the 1841 census of Askham [HO107/1162] is provided by Virginia Gretton.
    It includes the following names:

    AIREY, ATKINSON, BAILEY, BAILIFF, BARKER, BATEMAN, BAWLY, BELL, BLAIKLOCK, BOAG, BORROWDALE, BOWERBANK, BOWMAN, BROWN, CAPSTICKS, CARRUTHERS, CASTLEHOW, CARTER, CLARK, COWARD, COWIN, CRANE, DOBSON, DOCKREY, DONALD, EGGLESTON, EWBANK, FLEMING, FOREST, GRAVES, HALFPENY, HALL, HARDING, HARRISON, HAYTON, HENDERSON, HOBSON, HOGG, HOWE, JACKSON, JOHNSON, KIDD, KIRKBRIDE, KIRKPATRICK, KITCHEN, LANCASTER, LEECH, LOCKHART, LUMB, McCRONE, MANDALE, MATHINSON, MATTINSON, MILLER, MOFFAT, MOSS, MOUNSEY, MURTHWART, NICHOLSON, NIXON, NOBLE, OADE, PARNELL, PEARSON, RELPH, RICHARDSON, RIDDLEY, RIGG, ROACHFORD, ROBINSON, ROUTLEDGE, SALKELD, SANDERSON, SCOTT, SISSON, SLEE, SPEDDING, SPENCER, STEELY, THOMPSON, TINKLER, TODD, WAKEFIELD, WALTON, WARD, WATT, WHARTON, WHITE, WILSON, WINDER, WINTER, WOOF, YARKER.

    A transcript of the 1841 census of Helton [HO107/1162] is provided by Virginia Gretton.
    It includes the following names:

    ADDINSON, AIREY, BIRD, BOAGE, BRANTHWAITE, BROWN, BURN, CHERRY, CLARK, DALTON, DENT, DONALD, DUFTON, ELERAY, EWBANK, FARRER, HARRISON, HAYTON, HINDSON, HODGSON, JACKSON, JOHNSON, KIRKBRIDE, MOFFAT, MOUNSEY, NICHOLSON, NOBLE, PEARSON, RELPH, RICHARDSON, ROBERTSON, SCOTT, SHARP, SILL, STRONG, TINKLER, WALKER, WATSON, WHARTON, WILSON, WINDER.

    Transcript and index for 1851 has been published by the Cumbria Family History Society and also in 'North Westmorland - An Index to the 1851 Census' compiled by David Lowis and Barbara Slack.

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    Church History

    Click here for picture of St Cuthbert's church by Les Strong St Peter.
    Rebuilt 1832 by Robert Smirke. Neo-Norman. C17th font. Memorial tablets to Sandford family.

    Historical and architectural notes on National Heritage List (English Heritage site).
    Church plans (1832-33) from ICBS archive on Church Plans Online (Lambeth Palace Library).
    Photograph(s) and description on VisitCumbria.
    Acess and contact details on Church of England site

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    Church Records

    Baptism registers 1566-1926 The parish records and BTs are held at the Kendal Record Office of Cumbria Archives Service.
    The Record Office reference is WPR11

    Transcripts of the registers 1566-1812 are available on EdenLinks
    and as a facsimile of the printed version on OpenLibrary

    For searching on www.familysearch.org see Jake Prescott's list of IGI batch numbers.

    Marriage registers 1566-1941
    Banns registers 1754-1908
    Burial registers 1566-1894
    Bishops transcripts 1661-1877

    Directories

    The details for the parish from the Parson & White's Directory for 1829 are transcribed on Edenlinks site.

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    History

    In Domesday Book - Ascam.

    British History Online provides historical notes for Askham from The Later Records relating to North Westmorland by John F. Curwen (1932)

    A History of the Sandfords of Askham has been made available by C R Grant.
    Also A HISTORY OF THE FAMILY OF SANDFORD web published book: A history of the family of Sandford of Sandford, Askman, Howgill, and Helton in the county of Westmoreland from the year 1174 to the present (circa 1920) by William Arthur Cecil Sandford.

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    Population

    1641/2 268(est)
    1671 320(est)
    1787 488
    1801 448

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    Probate Records

    Askham is in the diocese of Carlisle and wills will be in Carlisle Record Office.

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    Taxation

    Hearth Tax records for 1674 Askham transcribed on Edenlinks.
    Hearth Tax records for 1674 Helton (Askham) transcribed on Edenlinks.
    Window Tax records for 1777 Askham transcribed on Edenlinks.
    Window Tax records for 1777 Hackthorpe & Whale transcribed on Edenlinks.
    Window Tax records for 1777 Helton Flicket transcribed on Edenlinks.

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