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|Orton||It is bounded on the East by the
parishes of Asby, Crosby Garret, and Ravenstondale; on
the South, by the parish of Sedbergh in the county of
York, and the parish of Kendal; on the West, by the siad
parish of Kendal; and on the North, by the parishes of
Shap, Crosby Ravensworth, and Asby:
Tebay became a parish in its own right.
Description & Travel
|"Orton is nothing
but a contraction of Overton; the situation of which
place sufficiently shews its derivation... Sometimes this
place was distinguished by the name of Sker-Overton, from
the scar under which it stands.
It is bounded on the East by the parishes of Asby, Crosby Garret, and Ravenstondale; on the South, by the parish of Sedbergh in the county of York, and the parish of Kendal; on the West, by the siad parish of Kendal; and on the North, by the parishes of Shap, Crosby Ravensworth, and Asby: And concists of about 360 families [in 1777], all of the church of England, except one quaker family.
The church is dedicated to All Saints. It is a vicarage, in the gift of the landowners within the parish.
Langdale carries its own derivation along with it.
The manor or Tebay comprehends the vills of Ellergill, Gaisgill, Tebay, Rounthwaite, and Borrowdale.
Bretherdale is commonly said to have had its name from three brothers who inhabited there some 200 years ago [from 1777]. But that is only an imagination. It had this name long before; or rather, the name whereof this is a corruption, and sufficiently indicates its own derivation, namely, Brere (i.e. Brier) dale. And the countenance of the place to this day is correspondent thereunto. Therefore the two other brothers should be Hepp and Sleagill. "
M.Is for Orton were transcribed in Westmorland Church Notes by E. Bellasis 1888-89
No returns survive for the 'census' of 1787 .
Census returns are available from the usual sources for 1841-1901.
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.
C13th arcade but N aisle and W tower are C15th. S aisle is C16th. S porch is C17th.
Historical and architectural notes on National Heritage List (English Heritage site).
History and description on Wikipedia.
Photograph(s) and description on VisitCumbria.
Acess and contact details on Church of England site
Church history is given on Edenlinks.
The parish records and BTs are held at the Kendal Record Office of Cumbria Archives Service.
The details for the parish from the Parson & White's Directory for 1829 are transcribed on Edenlinks site.
|"ORTON, or Overton, a Market-Town, whose Market is weekly on Wednesday, and Fair yearly on St. Simon and St. Jude's Day. It was the Lordship of Ranulph de Dacre, 54 Hen. III. when upon the Death of his Father William de Dacre, he was constituted Sheriff of Cumberland. He had before been ever firm to that King in his Wars with the rebellious Barons, and among other Advantages obtained of him and his Successor, King Edward I. had a Grant from this last, Reg. 6. to himself and his Heirs, for a Market every Week upon Tuesday at Overton, and likewise for a Fair there yearly upon the Eve, Day, and Morrow of the Apostles St. Simon and St. Jude, October 28. How the Market his since been removed to Wednesday, we do not know. This Manor continued some Successions in this family of Dacre; for Margaret the Widow of William de Dacre, who died 33 Edw. III. had a Moiety of this Lordship for her Dowry, which after her Decease passed to her Son Ranulph de Dacre, Rector of Prestecotes, and his Heirs; but it seems not to have continued long in them, because Roger Lord Clifford 4, died possessed of this Lordship 13 Rich. II. and left it to his Son Thomas, and his Heirs. Upon an Hill a little Distance from this Town, but within the Limits of it, is a Beacon, called by the Name of Orton Beacon. Mr. Adamson of Rounthwait in this county was a great Benefactor to the Church of Orton."|
Orton is in the diocese of Carlisle and wills will be in Carlisle Record Office.
Last updated: November 2012. Dave Huddart