Village history is given on Edenlinks.
Cumbria County History Trust has published a "Jubilee Digest" for the township of Orton and Tebay
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. (Rootsweb Westmorland Listmembers) (c) 2003
"ORTON, or Overton, a Market-Town, whose Market is weekly on Wednesday, and Fair yearly on St. Simon and St. Jude's Day. It was the Lordship of Ranulph de Dacre, 54 Hen. III. when upon the Death of his Father William de Dacre, he was constituted Sheriff of Cumberland. He had before been ever firm to that King in his Wars with the rebellious Barons, and among other Advantages obtained of him and his Successor, King Edward I. had a Grant from this last, Reg. 6. to himself and his Heirs, for a Market every Week upon Tuesday at Overton, and likewise for a Fair there yearly upon the Eve, Day, and Morrow of the Apostles St. Simon and St. Jude, October 28. How the Market his since been removed to Wednesday, we do not know. This Manor continued some Successions in this family of Dacre; for Margaret the Widow of William de Dacre, who died 33 Edw. III. had a Moiety of this Lordship for her Dowry, which after her Decease passed to her Son Ranulph de Dacre, Rector of Prestecotes, and his Heirs; but it seems not to have continued long in them, because Roger Lord Clifford 4, died possessed of this Lordship 13 Rich. II. and left it to his Son Thomas, and his Heirs. Upon an Hill a little Distance from this Town, but within the Limits of it, is a Beacon, called by the Name of Orton Beacon. Mr. Adamson of Rounthwait in this county was a great Benefactor to the Church of Orton."