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"Staveley and Hugill... Having now advanced to the furthest extremity of the parish towards the north-west, we turn southwards to Staveley and Hugill. Staveley and Hugill are bounded on the east by Long Sleddale, being divided therefrom by the ridge of Potter Fell; on the south by Underbarrow, being divided by the top of Ratherhead; on the west by Crook, being divided by the ridge of Brackenthwait Fell; and on the north by Kentmere, being divided by Blackbeck which runs by Milrigg. The chapel of Staveley is a fair building, with a handsome steeple and three good bells. To what saint it was dedicated is not certain: From the inscription on one of the bells, it seems to have been St. Margaret. Staveley and Hugill were originally one chapelry. But afterwards a separate chapel was erected at Ings in Hugill, so called from a long Ing or watery meadow, at the head of which it stands. As Grasgarth there was anciently a chapel called St. Anne's, about a quarter of a mile north-west from the present chapel of Ings."
[Nicolson and Burn: The history and antiquities of the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. 1777. Transcribed by Anne Nichols.]

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Staveley (or Over Staveley) is a parish in Kendal Ward. It was formerly in Kendal parish.
The parishes of Hugill, Kentmere, Long Sleddale, Burnside and Crook are nearby.

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Census

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

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

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Church History

 

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St James
1864-5. By Crowther.
Church plans from ICBS archive on Church Plans Online (Lambeth Palace Library).

 

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St Margaret
Church tower of 1388 only remains.
Historical and architectural notes on National Heritage Register (English Heritage site).
Photograph(s) and description on VisitCumbria.
Access and contact details on Church of England site.
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 registers1651-1943
Marriage registers1651-1935
Banns registers1756-1977
Burial registers1651-1959
Bishops transcripts1756-1857


See the CASCAT online calogue for WPR68 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 Staveley 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 Staveley 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

Records relating to the Barony of Kendale, CWAAS, William Farrer & John F. Curwen (editors) are available on British History Online (also Supplementary Records)

Cumbria County History Trust has published a "Jubilee Digest" for the township of Staveley, Over

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD463991 (Lat/Lon: 54.38479, -2.828363), Staveley which are provided by:

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Probate Records

Wills for Staveley 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.

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Taxation

Hearth Tax records for 1674 Upper Staveley transcribed on Edenlinks.

Hearth Tax records for 1674 Nether Staveley transcribed on Edenlinks.