"BARBON, a chapelry in the parish of KIRKBY-LONSDALE, LONSDALE ward, county of WESTMORLAND, 4 miles (N. N. E.) from Kirkby-Lonsdale, containing 343 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Richmond, and diocese of Chester, endowed with £800 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Vicar of Kirkby-Lonsdale. The chapel, and a school-room adjoining it, were built partly by subscription, and partly by means of a rate, in 1815; the school has an endowment bequeathed by John Garnett, in 1721."
[From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]


Barbon is a parish in Lonsdale Ward.
It was formerly a township in Kirkby Lonsdale parish.



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

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


Church History

Click for full-size image on Geograph: SD6382 : St Bartholomew's Church, Barbon by Ian Taylor

© Ian Taylor

St Bartholomew
1893 by Paley & Austin. Crossing tower & turret.
This and other photographs are on Geograph site
Historical and architectural notes on National Heritage List (English Heritage site).
History and description on Wikipedia.
Church plans (1891-93) from ICBS archive on Church Plans Online (Lambeth Palace Library).
Photograph(s) and description on VisitCumbria.
Access and contact details on Church of England 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 registers1813-1909
Marriage registers1839-1975
Banns registers-
Burial registers-
Bishops transcripts-

See the CASCAT online calogue for WPR71 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

You can see pictures of Barbon which are provided by:



The Parson & White's Directory for 1829 has been transcribed on EdenLinks.





Berebrune in the Domesday Book. The name is probably derived from O.N. barr or berr brunn-r - bare looking burn or stream. Barbon Records relating to the Barony of Kendale, CWAAS, William Farrer & John F. Curwen (editors) are available on British History Online

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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD650828 (Lat/Lon: 54.239391, -2.538319), Barbon which are provided by:


Probate Records

Wills for Barbon 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.