"Grayrigg. . . Having now advanced to the Eastern extremity of the parish of Kendal, we incline Northwards to the manor of Grayrigg; so called probably from being frequented by badgers, brocks, or grays; as on the east side of the river Lune, opposite thereto, is a place which yet bears the name of Brockholes. The hollow between is called Grayrigg-hause, from haustus perhaps, which signifies a draught; even as yet a throat or gulley is by the common people called a hause. There is a meeting-house in Grayrigg belonging to the Quakers."
[Nicolson and Burn: The history and antiquities of the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. 1777.]
Returns survive for the 'census' of 1787 for the township of Whinfell only and are held at the Kendal Record Office of Cumbria Archives Service. The Record Office reference is WQ/SP/C. They are transcribed in Vital Statistics published by Curwen Archives Trust.
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 WPR5 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 Grayrigg to another place.
You can see the administrative areas in which Grayrigg has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
Records relating to the Barony of Kendale, CWAAS, William Farrer & John F. Curwen (editors) are available on British History Online.
- Grayrigg & Supplementary Records - Grayrigg
- Docker & Supplementary Records - Docker
- Lambrigg & Supplementary Records - Lambrigg
- Whinfell & Supplementary Records - Whinfell
Cumbria County History Trust has published a "Jubilee Digest" for the townships of
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD588986 (Lat/Lon: 54.381345, -2.635898), Grayrigg 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.)