"MARDALE, a chapelry partly in the parish of BAMPTON, and partly in that of SHAP, WEST ward, county of WESTMORLAND, 11 miles (W. N. W.) from Orton. The population is returned with the respective parishes. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry and diocese of Carlisle, endowed with £800 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Vicar of Shap, in which parish the chapel is situated."
[From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]


Mardale is a parish in the West Ward of the county adjacent to Bampton, Patterdale, Kentmere and Shap.
Until 1748 it was in the parish of Shap.



Returns do not survive for the 'census' of 1787.

Census returns are available from the usual sources for 1841-1911.

Transcript and index for 1851 has been published by the Cumbria Family History Society and also in 'North Westmorland - An Index to the 1851 Census' compiled by David Lowis and Barbara Slack.


Church History

Holy Trinity. The church no longer exists, being submerged by the creation of Haweswater reservoir.

A video of the last service is available on the British Pathe 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 registers1684-1935
Marriage registers1684-1930
Banns registers1870-1830
Burial registers1684-1917
Bishops transcripts1775-1878

See the CASCAT online calogue for WPR16 for information on these and other parish records.
For older information see Shap 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 and Burn: The history and antiquities of the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. 1777.

"Mardale... is part of the forest of Thornthwaite, and lies part in the parish of Shap, and part in the parish of Bampton. The chapel of Mardale is in the parish of Shap."

You can see pictures of Mardale 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 Mardale 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 Mardale (Shap)



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NY475116 (Lat/Lon: 54.496995, -2.812103), Mardale which are provided by: