"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.


Church History

Click for full-size image on Geograph: SD5797 : St John the Evangelist Church, Grayrigg by Alexander P Kapp
© Alexander P Kapp
St John
1837. Then West Tower 1869.
This and other photographs on the Geograph site
Church plans (1837-38) 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 registers1730-1923
Marriage registers1730-1978
Banns registers1824-1981
Burial registers1730-1873
Bishops transcripts1813-1873

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).


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Grayrigg which are provided by:



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




Historical Geography

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.

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:


Probate Records

Wills for Grayrigg 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 Grayrigg transcribed on Edenlinks.
Hearth Tax records for 1674 Lambrigg transcribed on Edenlinks.