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This is the Warton near Carnforth. There is also another Warton near Kirkham.

"WARTON, a township, a parish, and a sub-district, in Lancaster district, Lancashire. The township lies near Morecambe bay, the Kendal canal, and Carnforth r. station, 6½ miles N by E of Lancaster; and includes Lindeth hamlet. Acres, 2,924. Real property, £3,754. Pop., 581. Houses, 131. The parish contains also Carnforth township, which has a post-office under Lancaster; contains likewise 5 other townships; and comprises 11,141 acres. Pop., 2,161. Houses, 443. The property is much subdivided. Hyning Hall, Hazlemount, Linden Hall, Prospect House, Leighton Hall, and Morecambe Lodge are chief residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester. Value, £300. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Worcester. The church was repaired in 1850, and has seven memorial windows. The p. curacies of Silverdale and Yealand-Conyers are separate benefices. Two school-houses, at Carnforth and Priest-Hutton, are used as chapels of ease There are chapels for Quakers and Roman Catholics. The sub-district includes also three townships of Bolton-le-Sands, and comprises 17,932 acres. Pop., 3,562. Houses, 732."

John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72)




Civil Registration

The Register Office covering the Warton area is Lancaster.


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1868 - The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland

  • "LINDETH, (or Lindreth), a hamlet in the parish of Warton, hundred of Lonsdale South of the Sands, county Lancaster, 8 miles N. of Lancaster, and 5 W. of Burton-in-Kendal."

    "WARTON-WITH-LINDRITH, a township in the parish of Warton, hundred of Lonsdale South of the Sands, county Lancaster."

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  • "WARTON, a parish in the hundred of Lonsdale, county Lancaster, 7 miles N.E. of Lancaster, its post town, and 1 mile N. of Carnforth railway station on the Carlisle railway. It is situated on the small river Keir, near the Kendal and Lancaster canal, and at a short distance to the E. of Morecambe Bay. Thepar., comprising above 22,000 acres, contains the townships of Carnforth, Borwick, Priest Hutton, Silverdale, Warton with Lindeth, Yealand Conyers, and Yealand-Redmayne. Copper exists at Warton Crag, but is not now worked. The soil is a thin earth, resting on layers of gravel in parts, but chiefly on limestone. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Manchester, value £187, in the patronage of the dean and chapter. The church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, has a painted E. window, and was restored in 1850. The register dates from 1575. There are also the district churches of Silverdale and Yealand Conyers, the livings of which are perpetual curacies, value £80 and £57 each. There area free grammar school, an hospital founded and endowed by Archbishop Hutton in 1594, and an infant school. There are remains of a Roman encampment."

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Historical Geography

In 1835 the parish of Warton contained the townships of Warton, Silverdale, Yealand Conyers, Yealand Redmayne, Priest Hutton, Borwick, and Carnforth.

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Warton is an ancient parish in the county of Lancashire, situated approximately ten miles north of Lancaster. The exact origins of the church and parish are unknown. It is believed that the church in this parish was established well before the Norman conquest in 1066. The oldest portion of the church is the south wall which is of 14th century origin, though the earliest recorded incumbent dates from 1190.

The parish covers an area in excess of 11000 acres and is predominantly rural. Though in the past, it was an important staging post on the route north. So much so, it was granted a charter for a Wednesday market in about 1200 during the reign of King John. This confirms the economic importance of Warton in those early times.

More recently, Warton has been overshadowed in importance by neighbouring Carnforth, just to the south. Carnforth rose to prominence following the building of the railway station, which was opened in 1846 by the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway Company and was originally just a single platform.


Probate Records

For probate purposes prior to 1858, Warton was in the Archdeaconry of Richmond, in the Diocese of Chester. The original Lancashire wills for the Archdeaconry of Richmond are held at the Lancashire Record Office.


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