"CROOK, a chapelry in the parish and ward of KENDAL, county of WESTMORLAND, 4 miles (W. N. W.) from Kendal, containing 22? inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Richmond, and diocese of Chester, endowed with £200 private benefaction, and £600 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the landowners in the parish. The chapel, an ancient building with a tower, stands in the centre of the chapelry, which is very extensive. The Society of Friends have a meeting-house and burial-ground near How. There is a woollen mill at the hamlet of Crook Mill, where also the turning of bobbins is carried on. In the mountainous part of this district is a vein of lead, containing barytes, similar to that used in the manufacture of Wedgwood's jasper vases."
[From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]
Crook is a parish in Kendal Ward. It was formerly in the parish of Kendal.
Nearby parishes are Burnside, Over Staveley, Hugill, Winster and Underbarrow.Nicolson and Burn.
Returns do not survive for the 'census' of 1787.
Census returns are available from the usual sources for 1841-1911.
A church of 1887 with a West tower.
Historical and architectural notes on National Heritage List (English Heritage)
This and other photos available on Geograph site
Photograph(s) and description on VisitCumbria.
Access and contact details on Church of England site
More details and maps in Genuki Westmorland Church Database
There is also nearby a C17th tower of the manor chapel of Crook Hall.
Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts are held by Cumbria Archives :
originals at Kendal RO and microfilm copies at Carlisle RO.
See the CASCAT online calogue for WPR37 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).
The Quaker Preparative Meeting register is in Kendal Record Office:
- Births 1715-1736
- Marriages 1708-1735
History and antiquities of the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. 1777. Transcribed by A Nichols:
"Crook and Winster... These two, in like manner as Staveley and Ings, were originally one chapelry; but now they are two distinct chapelries. The chapel of Crook is a fair building, with a tower steeple, and one bell. Winster, though it is in the parish of Kendal, yet is said to be in the constablewick of Undermilbeck in the parish of Windermere. The chapelry of Winster was anciently a part of the chapelry of Crook. This place gives name to the rivulet called Winster Beck; which almost from head to foot divides Westmorland from Lancashire."
The details for the parish from the Parson & White's Directory for 1829 are transcribed on Edenlinks site.
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You can see the administrative areas in which Crook has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD448947 (Lat/Lon: 54.344487, -2.850287), Crook which are provided by:
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- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
Hearth Tax records for 1674 Crooke Underbarrow (Kendal) transcribed on Edenlinks.