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"The parish of Newbiggin (New-building; big being a word not yet quite out of use, signifying to build) is a small parish about three miles in compass, surrounded by the parish of Kirkby Thore, except only on the north where it joins to the parish of Kirkland in Cumberland, being separated therefrom by a small rivulet, which descends from the mountain Crossfell (one of the highest mountains in the north, so called probably from a cross erected thereupon by way of boundary between two parishes or lordships) which rivulet from its first rising, until it fall into the river Eden, divides the two counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. The parish contains only the township of Newbiggin, and part of the hamlet of Hale, the grange whereof belonged heretofore to the abbey of Holm Cultram. The church is dedicated to St. Edmund; and is a rectory. From the smallness of the parish... there is no room to suppose this to be a very ancient composition. The parsonage house is but an indifferent building; which stands at the north-west end of the village near the church. "
[Nicolson and Burn: The history and antiquities of the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. 1777. Transcribed by Anne Nichols.]

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Newbiggin is surrounded by the parish of Kirkby Thore, except in the north where it joins to the parish of Kirkland in Cumberland

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Cemeteries

M.Is for Newbiggin were transcribed in Monumental Inscriptions of Westmorland by E. Bellasis 1888-89 and are available on Westmorland Papers.

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Census

Returns survive for the 'census' of 1787 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 1992. ISBN 1897590008.

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.

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Church History

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St Edmund
Simple church with substantially Norman nave and chancel but with
later windows and C16th N chapel. C14/15th glass in chancel.
Historical and architectural notes on National Heritage List (English Heritage site).
Photograph(s) and description on VisitCumbria.
Access and contact details on site.Church of England
More details and maps in Genuki Westmorland Church Database
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Church Records

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

Baptism registers1571-1812
Marriage registers1571-1966
Banns registers1756-1812
Burial registers1571-1812
Bishops transcripts1665-1875

See the CASCAT online calogue for WPR80 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).

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Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Newbiggin which are provided by:

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Directories

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

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Newbiggin has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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History

British History Online provides historical notes for Newbiggin from The Later Records relating to North Westmorland by John F. Curwen (1932)

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NY632285 (Lat/Lon: 54.649986, -2.571691), Newbiggin which are provided by:

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Population

1641/2174(est)
1671125(est)
1787127
1801126
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Probate Records

Newbiggen is in the diocese of Carlisle and wills will be in Carlisle Record Office.