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|The parish is bounded on the East
by the parish of Kirkby Stephen; on the South, by the
parishes of Kirkby Stephen and Sedbergh; on the West, by
the parish of Orton; and on the North, by the parishes of
Crosby Garret and Kirkby Stephen.
Newbiggin-on-Lune later became its own parish.
Description & Travel
|"This parish hath
its appellation from a brook of the name of the Raven
running through it; in like manner as the village of
Renwick (Ravenwick) in Cumberland. It was commonly of old
time written Ravenstandale: So there was Stanmore in the
parish of Brough.
The parish is bounded on the East by the parish of Kirkby Stephen; on the South, by the parishes of Kirkby Stephen and Sedbergh; on the West, by the parish of Orton; and on the North, by the parishes of Crosby Garret and Kirkby Stephen: And contains about 225 families; whereof 59 are dissenters [in 1777].
The church is said to be dedicated to St. Oswald. It is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of Sir James Lowther baronet. ... The church was rebuilt in the year 1744, in an elegant manner. It hath a square tower steeple, with three bells. In the old church there were two rows of seats below the communion table, where (it is said) the steward and jury of the manopr sate formerly, in their court of judicature. And the malefactors were imprisoned in a hollow arched vault, the ruins whereof are still to be seen, on the north side of the church. ... There is also an handsome dissenting meeting house at Ravenstonedale."
[Newbiggin-on-Lune has since become a parish in its own right.]
FC-Rdale Independent History Archive - assembled by
Cemeteries (and Monumental Inscriptions)
No returns survive for the 'census' of 1787.
Census returns are
available from the usual sources for 1841-1911.
Transcript for heads of households in 1841 and 1891 has been made available by Janis Garcia.
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.
A transcript for 1881 is available on EdenLinks.
© Alexander P Kapp licensed under Creative Commons
|St Oswald. C18th
church with W tower, nave and single bay chancel. Though
with older NW and SW porches, the latter with reset
doorway of c1200. Georgian furnishings inside including
3-decker pulpit and W gallery.
This and other photographs are on the Geograph site.
There are the ruins of a Gilbertine priory to the North.
The parish records and BTs are held at the Kendal Record Office of Cumbria Archives Service.
parish registers, (1571-1812) by Ravenstonedale.
Parish Published in 1893, printed by Wilson (Kendal)
available on OpenLibrary
Much useful information is given on the Ravenstonedale website
The details for the parish from the Parson & White's Directory for 1829 are transcribed on Edenlinks site.
Last updated: November 2012 Dave Huddart