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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.Levens is a parish in Kendal Ward.
It was formerly in Heversham parish.

Nearby parishes include Witherslack, Crosthwaite, Helsington, Natland and Crosscrake.

Levens was Lefuenes in the Domesday Book.


Returns do not survive for the 'census' of 1787.

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

Church History

Click here for larger photo of church by Kath Hayhurst St John the Evangelist

Photograph(s) and description on VisitCumbria.
Other photographs are on the Geograph site.  
Acess and contact details on Church of England site

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Church Records

Baptism registers 1836-1924 The parish records and Bishop' Transcripts are held at the Kendal Record Office of Cumbria Archives Service.
The Record Office reference is WPR98.
There will be microfilm copies at Carlisle Record Office.

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

Marriage registers 1868-1979
Banns registers 1868-1923
Burial registers -
Bishops transcripts 1865-1912

Beathwaite Green Wesleyan Chapel register for births and baptisms 1797-1835 is at Kendal Record Office and at Public Record Office, London.

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

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Magna Britannica et Hibernia.Volume 6: Westmorland by T Cox 1731.

"Levens, where there is another Catadupa, or Water-fall of the River Can, from which is a Conjecture of fair Weather made, as is said at Betham, that doth of Rain and Mists. Here is also a fair Bridge over the River Can, or Kent.

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

Levens History Project data is available from Levens History Group website

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Probate Records

Wills for Levens 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 Levens transcribed on Edenlinks.

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Last updated: November 2015 Dave Huddart

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