"HELSINGTON, a chapelry in that part of the parish of KENDAL which is in KENDAL ward, county of WESTMORLAND, 4 miles (S. W. by S.) from Kendal, containing 268 inhabitants. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry of Richmond, and diocese of Chester, endowed with £9. 15. per annum and £400 private benefaction, and £600 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Vicar of Kendal. The chapel, dedicated to St. John, was founded in 1726, by John Jackson, of Holeslack, who likewise endowed it with an estate. A school, erected by subscription, is supported by annual collections."
[From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]


Helsington is a parish in Kendal Ward.
It was formerly part of the very large parish of Kendal.
Nearby parishes are Natland, Underbarrow, Crosthwaite cum Lye and Levens.



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: SD4888 : The Parish Church of St John, Helsington by Alexander P Kapp

© A P Kapp 

St John
1726, 1898 & 1910.
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

Church Records

Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts are held by Cumbria Archives :
originals at Kendal RO and microfilm copies at Carlisle RO.

Baptism registers1813-1907
Marriage registers1823-1834
Banns registers1823-1884
Burial registers1824-1865
Bishops transcripts1813-1888

See the CASCAT online calogue for WPR27  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

Nicolson & Burn 1777 : "Helsington [is] below Kendal, on the West side of the river Kent."

You can see pictures of Helsington 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 Helsington 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, W Farrer & J F. Curwen (eds) available on British History Online (also Supplementary Records).

Cumbria County History Trust has published a "Jubilee Digest" for the township of  Helsington  and completed  a draft VCH township history.

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:

"Helsington, the Lordship and Estate of Marmaduke Thweng, a Parliamentary Baron, who sat in Parliament with the Barons from 35 Edw. I to 16 Edw. II. He made over this Manor, and some other Estates, to William his Son and Heir in his Life-time, and left him many more at his Death, which happened 16 Edw. II. William his Son and Heir had Summons to Parliament 18 Edw. III but never after. He died without Issue 15 Edw. IIII. And left this and his other Estates to Robert his Brother, a Clergy-man, as he did for Want of Issue to his Brother Thomas, A Clergyman also, and Rector of Lythum, who died possessed of them, and left them all to be divided between the Posterity of his three Sisters, but to which of them this Manor in the Partition came, is not particularly set down in our Author."



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD493895 (Lat/Lon: 54.298189, -2.781038), Helsington which are provided by:


Probate Records

Wills for Helsington 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 Helsington transcribed on Edenlinks.