"Crosscrake Chapel which includes within its juridiction the townships of Stainton and Sedgwick, occupies a central situation for the inhabitants of those places, three and a half miles S. by E. of Kendal. It is a neat edifice, rebuilt in 1773 by the help of a charity brief; and was greatly improved and enlarged in 1842, by Thomas Philipson, Esq., at a cost of £200. The original chapel was founded and endowed about the year 1190, by Anselm de Furness, son of the first Michael le Fleming, and in the latter part of the thirteenth century was granted by Sir William Strickland to Cartmel Priory. Having no provision for a curate after the suppression of the religious houses, it was neglected and suffered to go to decay . . . until 1757, when Bishop Keene, Dr. Stratford, and the curate subscribed £200 to obtain £200 more from Queen Anne's bounty. . . . The vicar of Heversham is the patron, and the Rev. John Wallas M.A. is the incumbent."
[Parson & White, History and Directory of Westmorland, Mannex & Co 1851]


Crosscrake is a parish in Kendal Ward, formerly part of Heversham parish.
Neighbouring parishes include Natland, Levens, Preston Patrick and Old Hutton.



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: SD5286 : St Thomas' Church, Crosscrake by Alexander P Kapp

St Thomas
1875 Paley & Austin.
This and other photographs are on the Geograph site
History and description on Wikipedia.
Church plans (1822-26) 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 registers1755-1905
Marriage registers1860-1979
Banns registers1949-1978
Burial registers1824-1911
Bishops transcripts1825-1869

See the CASCAT online calogue for WPR65 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

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

Wills for Crosscrake 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.




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Crosscrake 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 SD527871 (Lat/Lon: 54.27758, -2.728456), Crosscrake which are provided by:


Probate Records

Wills for Crosscrake 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.