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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.

    Bolton is a parish in the West Ward of the county adjacent to Cliburn, Temple Sowerby, Appleby and Morland.

    It was formerly part of the parish of Morland.

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    Description & Travel

    Nicolson and Burn:  The history and antiquities of the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. 1777.

    "Bolton was variously written in ancient times; as Boelthun, Boeltun, Bovelthun, Botheltun: From all which may be conjectured that it received its name from the owner, Bothel, Bovel, Boel, or the like. Bovel, and Bolt, are names yet in use in Westmorland."

    Census

    Returns survive for 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. The returns for Bolton are transcribed on EdenLinks.

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

    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

    Picture of Bolton Church by Les Strong All Saints. Norman doorways and sculpture. Additions of C17 and 18th. C14th effigy.
    Historical and architectural notes on National Heritage List (English Heritage site).

    Photograph(s) and description on VisitCumbria.

    Acess and contact details on Church of England site
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    Church Records

    Baptism registers 1647-1878

    The parish records are held at the Kendal Record Office of Cumbria Archives Service.
    The Record Office reference is WPR25
    Copies of the Bishop's Transcripts are in the Kendal RO.

    Baptisms for 1813-78 are indexed on the LDS Vital Records CD.
    For searching on www.familysearch.org see Jake Prescott's list of IGI batch numbers.

    Marriage registers 1647-1971
    Banns registers 1754-1899
    Burial registers 1647-1951
    Bishops transcripts 1665-1879

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    Directories

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

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    History

    There is a dissertation deposited at Kendal Record Office:

    Bolton in Westmorland - an Eden Valley Community 18th. and early 19th centuries.
    Derek Longmire University of Lancaster Certificate in Local History. 1999.

    The name Bolton is perhaps derived from O.E. botl-tun - dwelling enclosure, collection of houses, village.

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    Maps

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    Population

    1641/2 273(est)
    1671 195(est)
    1787 289
    1801 324
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    Probate Records

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

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    Taxation

    Window Tax records for 1777  Bolton transcribed on Edenlinks.

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    Last updated: January 2014 Dave Huddart