"FIRBANK, a chapelry in the parish of KIRKBYLONSDALE, LONSDALE ward, county of WESTMORLAND, 10 miles (N.) from Kirkby-Lonsdale, containing 209 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in fee archdeaconry of Richmond, and diocese of Chester, endowed with £200 private benefaction, and £600 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Vicar of Kirkby Lonsdale. The chapel and burying-ground are on the edge of an extensive moor. The chapelry is bounded on the west by the river Lune, which separates it from Yorkshire."
[From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]
Firbank is a parish in Lonsdale Ward in the South East of the county. It adjoins the West Riding of Yorkshire.
It was formerly part of Kirkby Lonsdale parish. Other nearby parishes are Killington, Old Hutton, New Hutton and Greyrigg.
Returns do not survive for the 'census' of 1787.
Census returns are available from the usual sources for 1841-1911.
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 WPR32 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 details for the parish from the Parson & White's Directory for 1829 are transcribed on Edenlinks site.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Firbank to another place.
You can see the administrative areas in which Firbank has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
Cumbria County History Trust has published a "Jubilee Digest" for the township of Firbank
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD615945 (Lat/Lon: 54.344777, -2.594286), Firbank which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online
- 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 Firbank transcribed on Edenlinks.