Great Asby


"ASBY, a parish in EAST ward, county of WESTMORLAND, 4 miles (S. by W.) from Appleby, comprising the townships of Asby-Coatsforth, Little Asby, and Asby-Winderwath, and containing 421 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Carlisle, rated in the king's books at £23. 13. 4., and in the patronage of Sir F. F. Vane, Bart. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, is a small ancient edifice. A chapel, dedicated to St. Leonard, formerly stood at Little Asby. The parish is bounded on the south by Crosby Garret and Orton fells, and is intersected by numerous rivulets, on the margin of one of which, in a hollow called Asby Gill, is Pate Hole, a remarkable cavern, one thousand yards in depth, through which runs a small stream. "
[From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]



M.I.s for Asby were transcribed in Monumental Inscriptions of Westmorland by E. Bellasis 1888-89 and are available on Westmorland Papers.



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

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

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.


Church History

Click for full-size image on Geograph:St Peter's Great Asby by Martin DawesSt Peter
Grey stone church of 1866 by Messrs Hay
This and other photographs are on Geograph 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 registers1657-1979
Marriage registers1657-1971
Banns registers-
Burial registers1657-1939
Bishops transcripts1662-1874

See the CASCAT online calogue for WPR1 for information on these and other parish records..

For searching on LDS familysearch.org see IGI batch numbers (compiled by Jake Prescott)
or use the batch number search site (by Hugh Wallis).


Description & Travel

Nicolson and Burn: The history and antiquities of the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. 1777. Transcribed by Anne Nichols.

"Asby was anciently written Askeby, probably from the same origin as Askham...

This parish is bounded on the East by the parishes of Ormshead, Warcop, and Crosby Garret; on the South, by the parishes of Crosby Garret and Orton; on the West, by the parish of Crosby Ravensworth; and on the North, by the parishes of Crosby Ravensworth and St. Laurence Appleby: And contains about 72 families, all of the church of England.

The church is dedicated to St. Peter; and is a rectory: in the patronage of Walter Fletcher of Hutton in the Forest in the county of Cumberland esquire. The church of Asby is an ancient building, with three bells.

It seemeth that anciently all the Askebys (which now make three distinct manors) were one undivided entire manor. Afterwards, the same became distinguished into Little Asby and Great Asby. Little Asby seems to have originally been the principal place; for in ancient writings we sometimes find it styles Old Askeby (Askeby Vetus) .

Great Asby became again divided into moieties, Askeby Wynanderwath and Askeby Cotesford. There is a Winanderwath in the parish of Cliburn, and Winandermere in the barony of Kendal. But from whence any of them derive their name, we have not certainly found; most likely, from the name of the owner. Asby Cotesford .. had its name of distinction evidently from the owner. At Little Asby was a chapel, dedicated to St. Leonard.

Garthorne... seems to have belonged to the hospital of St. Leonard's York... a small part of it is in the manor of Crosby Ravensworth."

You can see pictures of Great Asby which are provided by:



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





The Later Records relating to North Westmorland by John F. Curwen (1932) on British History Online

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NY679115 (Lat/Lon: 54.497958, -2.496525), Great Asby which are provided by:





Hearth Tax records for 1674 Little Asby transcribed on Edenlinks.
Hearth Tax records for 1674 Asby Coatforth transcribed on Edenlinks.
Hearth Tax records for 1674 Asby Winderwath transcribed on Edenlinks.

Window Tax records for 1777 Asby Coatsforth & Little transcribed on Edenlinks.
Window Tax records for 1777 Asby Winderwath transcribed on Edenlinks.