"CROSTHWAITE, a chapel (parochial), in the parish of HEVERSHAM, KENDAL ward, county of WESTMORLAND, 5 miles (W. S. W.) from Kendal, containing, with the hamlet of Lyth, 781 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Richmond, and diocese of Chester, endowed with £630 private benefaction, £200 royal bounty, and £800 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Inhabitants and the Vicar of Heyersham. Crosthwaite contains several hamlets, and the small but pleasant village of Church-town, near which, and in the centre of a picturesque and fertile vale, stands the chapel, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, which was rebuilt about 1813, at the expense of the inhabitants. . . . Lyth is a distinct constablewick on the south side of this extensive chapelry, and is bounded on the south-west by the mountainous ridge called Lyth Fell, or Whitbarrow Scar. At the hamlet of Raw, in Lyth, there are several limekilns, and at Pool-bank a manufactory of wood-hoops."
[From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]


Crosthwaite & Lyth is a parish in Kendal Ward bordering with Lancashire.
It was formerly part of Heversham parish, and adjoins Winster, Underbarrow, Helsington, Levens and Witherslack



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: SD4491 : Crosthwaite church by Ian Cunliffe
© Ian Cunliffe
St Mary
1878. W tower.This and other photographs on the Geograph site
Historical and architectural notes on National Heritage List (English Heritage site).
Photograph(s) and description on VisitCumbria.
Access and contact details on Church of England site

Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Crosthwaite which are provided by:



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





Records relating to the Barony of Kendale, CWAAS, William Farrer & John F. Curwen (editors) are available on British History Online (also Supplementary Records)

Cumbria County History Trust has published a "Jubilee Digest" for the township of Crosthwaite with Lyth.

Magna Britannica et Hibernia.Volume 6: Westmorland by Thomas Cox (Vicar of Bromfield, Essex) 45 pages, printed in 1731. Transcription by Sarah Reveley, Joan Fisher and Lisl Schoenwald. (Rootsweb Westmorland Listmembers) (c) 2003

"Crossethwaite, an Hamlet, whose Manor was, 30 Hen. III. The Possession of William de Lancaster, Baron of Kendal, who died then possessed of it; but leaving Agnes de Brus his Wife surviving, she had for her Dowry an Assignation of this Manor and divers others which she held for her Life. Tho whom it passed from this Family, we do not certainly know, but find Robert de Thweng dying possessed of it, and other Estates in this County 48 Edw. III. He had no Issue, and so his Estates descended to the Heirs of his three Sisters, Lucy, Margaret, and Katharine; but to which of them this Manor fell in the Partition doth not appar; for we observe nothing of it, till John de Beaufort, Marquis of Dorset, died possessed of it 22 Hen. VI. And leaving it to his only Daughter Margaret, with his other great Estates, she by Marriage carried them to Edmund of Hadham, Earl of Richmond, whose Son Henry by her became King of England, by the Name of Henry VII. Lych, the Lordship of William de Lancaster, Baron of Kendal, the Third of that Name, who dying 30 Hen. III left Agnes his Wife surviving, who had this Manor and divers other Estates assigned for her Dowry; the Rest passed to his Heirs, who were his Sister's Children, of whom Peter de Brus, the Son of Helewyse, his Sister, had the Barony of Kendal, to which this Manor belonged. From his Family it passed by the female Heir also to Robert de Ros, who was on that Account stiled Baron of Kendal. Le Lythe, the Lordship of Thomas de Theweng, who died seized of it, and divers other Estates, 48 Edw. III leaving them to the Descendants of his three Sisters, viz. Lucy, the Wife of Sir Robert Lumley; Margaret, to Sir Robert de Hilton, and Katharine of Sir Ralph D'aubeny; but to which of them, upon the Partition, this Manor fell, we cannot discover. It is an Hamlet to Helsington."



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD443882 (Lat/Lon: 54.286667, -2.857309), Crosthwaite which are provided by:


Probate Records

Wills for Crosthwaite & Lyth 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.



Hearth Tax records for 1674 Crosthwaite & Lyth (Heversham) transcribed on Edenlinks.