"Ormside is a corruption (as most of the names of places and persons have been corrupted in ignorant times) or Ormes-head, or (which is the same) Ormesheved: And had its name probably from some owner of the name of Orme. This parish is bounded on the East by the parish of Warcop; on the South, by the parishes of Warcop and Asby; on the West, by the parish of St. Laurence Appleby; and on the North, by the parishes of St. Laurence and St. Michael's Appleby. Who the church was dedicated to we have not found. It is a rectory, in the patronage of the bishop of Carlisle. The church of Ormeside, as also the parish, is but small. It stands near unto the hall. It has a tower steeple, with two little bells. In the manor of Ormeside there are two hamlets or villages, distinguished by the names of Great Ormside and Little Ormside. Great Ormside is pleasantly situate, on the south side of the river Eden; and contains about 20 families [in 1777] . Little Ormside, about half a mile south-east from the church, contains about eight or nine families [in 1777]. "
[Nicolson and Burn: The history and antiquities of the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. 1777. Transcribed by Anne Nichols.]


This parish is bounded on the East by the parish of Warcop; on the South, by the parishes of Warcop and Asby;
on the West, by the parish of St. Laurence Appleby; and on the North, by the parishes of St. Laurence and St. Michael's Appleby.



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



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.


Church History

NY7017 : Church of St James, Great Ormside by David McMumm(c) David McMumm

St James
Massive Norman W tower.
Much of the rest of the church is C16th with an C18th N chapel.
Victorian porch, chancel arch and vestry.
This and other photographs are on the Geograph site.
Historical and architectural notes on National Heritage List (English Heritage site).
History and description on Wikipedia.
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 registers1560-1812
Marriage registers1560-1971
Banns registers1755-1812
Burial registers1560-1812
Bishops transcripts1662-1881

See the CASCAT online calogue for WPR2 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 Ormside 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 Ormside has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



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

Cumbria County History Trust has published a "Jubilee Digest" for the township of Ormside

Magna Britannica et Hibernia.Volume 6: Westmorland by Thomas Cox 45 pages, printed in 1731.
Transcription by S Reveley, J Fisher and L Schoenwald.

"Ormside, or Ormshed, the Lordship and Estate of Roger Lord Clifford 4th, of which he died possessed with other great Estates, 13 Rich. II and left it, as is said of them above. It was antiently, viz. in the Reign of King Edw. I. the Seat of the Hiltons, who were originally of the County of Durham, and sat in Parliament among the Barons from the 23 Edw. I. to 9 Edw. III. after which Time we have no Account of them."



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NY702156 (Lat/Lon: 54.53448, -2.462257), Ormside which are provided by:





Hearth Tax records for 1674 Great Ormside transcribed on Edenlinks.

Hearth Tax records for 1674 Little Ormside transcribed on Edenlinks.

Window Tax records for 1777 Ormside transcribed on Edenlinks.