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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."

    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 StrongAll 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
    More details and maps in Genuki Westmorland Church Database
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    Church Records

    Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts are held by Cumbria Archives :
    originals at Kendal RO and microfilm copies at Carlisle RO.
    Baptism registers 1647-1878
    Marriage registers 1647-1971
    Banns registers 1754-1899
    Burial registers 1647-1951
    Bishops transcripts 1665-1879

    See the CASCAT online calogue for WPR25  for information on these and other parish records..

    For searching on LDS see  IGI batch numbers (compiled by Jake Prescott) 
    or use the batch number search site (by Hugh Wallis).

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

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    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.

    Cumbria County History Trust has published a "Jubilee Digest" for the township of  Bolton 

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    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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    Window Tax records for 1777  Bolton transcribed on Edenlinks.

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