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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.Grayrigg is a parish in Kendal Ward. It was formerly part of the very large Kendal parish.
 It adjoins the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Nearby parishes are Selside, Burnside, New Hutton and Firbank.

Description & Travel

Nicolson and Burn:  The history and antiquities of the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. 1777.
"Grayrigg... Having now advanced to the Eastern extremity of the parish of Kendal, we incline Northwards to the manor of Grayrigg; so called probably from being frequented by badgers, brocks, or grays; as on the east side of the river Lune, opposite thereto, is a place which yet bears the name of Brockholes. The hollow between is called Grayrigg-hause, from haustus perhaps, which signifies a draught; even as yet a throat or gulley is by the common people called a hause. There is a meeting-house in Grayrigg belonging to the Quakers.


Returns survive for the 'census' of 1787 for the township of Whinfell only 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.

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

Church History

St John.Click for full-size image on Geograph: SD5797 : St John the Evangelist Church, Grayrigg by Alexander P Kapp 
Alexander P Kapp licensed under Creative Commons.
1837. Then West Tower 1869.

This and other photographs on the Geograph site
Church plans (1837-38) 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

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 1730-1923
Marriage registers 1730-1978
Banns registers 1824-1981
Burial registers 1730-1873
Bishops transcripts 1813-1873

See the CASCAT online calogue for WPR5  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 Edenlinks site.


  Records relating to the Barony of Kendale,  CWAAS, William Farrer & John F. Curwen (editors) are available on British History Online.

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

Probate Records

Wills for Grayrigg will be at Carlisle since about 1858 but before that will be at the Preston R.O. as it was in the Diocese of Chester until that time.

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Hearth Tax records for 1674 Grayrigg transcribed on Edenlinks.
Hearth Tax records for 1674 Lambrigg transcribed on Edenlinks.

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Last updated: July 2016  Dave Huddart

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