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|Beetham||This parish is bounded on the East
by the parish of Burton; on the South, by the parish of
Warton in the county of Lancaster; on the West, by the
sea; on the North-west by the parish of Cartmell in the
said county of Lancaster; and on the North, by the parish
Arnside later became a parish in its own right.
Description & Travel
|"Betham seems to
have had its name from the river Betha, which runs
through the village, and so by Milnthorp into the sea; as
much as to say, the hamlet or village on the river Betha.
This river is now called Bela, by corruption as it
seemeth; for in Mr. Machel's account it is invariably
written Betha, without any imtimation of its having any
other name. And Mr. Leland who travelled through this
country in the reign of king Henry the eighth, says,
"By Bytham runneth Byth water, a pretty river."
And especially, in a grant of landss and other
possessions to the priory of Conishead (as hereafter
mentioned), it is expressly called the water of Betha.
Sometimes the name of the place is written Bethom; in which respect it may be understood to signify the holme ground adjoining the river.
This parish is bounded on the East by the parish of Burton (indeed it runs almost quite through and intersects the said parish of Burton, which part is called Farleton); on the South, by the parish of Warton in the county of Lancaster; on the West, by the sea; on the North-west by the parish of Cartmell in the said county of Lancaster; and on the North, by the parish of Heversham.
The church, according to Mr. Machel's account, is dedicated to St. Leoth or Lyth, otherwise called Lioba or Liobgytha; but according to Mr. Brown Willis it is dedicated to St. Michael. It is a vicarage, in the patronage of the crown, and in the presentation (under the crown) of the chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster.
In the parish of Betham there are three divisions (exclusive of Witherslack) which seem anciently to have been all one manor or lordship, to wit, Betham, Haverbrack, and Farleton. ...Witherslack, Methop and Ulva, are included within a peninsula (as it were) between Winster beck, Brigsteer moss, and the Sands... by reason of their great distance from the parish church, a chapel was anciently erected... ... consecrated in the year 1671, by the name of the chapel of St. Paul."
Returns do not survive for the 'census' of 1787.
Census returns are available from the usual sources for 1841-1901.
|St Michael. Norman
S arcade. Late C12th W off-set tower but with C16th
Historical and architectural notes on National Heritage List
(English Heritage site).
|St James. Arnside.1866. By Miles
Thompson. Enlarged 1905 and 1914.
Church plans (1863-66) 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.
The details for the parish from the Parson & White's Directory for 1829 are transcribed on Edenlinks site.
|"Betham, a small Village-standing near the River Can, famous only for a Catadupa or Waterfall, made by the Waters tumbling Headlong from an higher Ground, with an hideous Noise. The Neighbours form a Prognostication of the Weather from it thus: When the Noise of it sounds clear, they are sure of Rain and Mists. There is another Waterfall in this River at Levens, a Village lying above this Northward, of which in its Place: The Earl of Derby hath a Seat here, called Betham-Castle."|
Last updated: Aug 2012 Dave Huddart