"A considerable part of Ulleswater, from the middle eastward, is within the manor of Barton... At the head of the said water, above Patterdale, lies the manor of Hartsop, probably so denominated from abounding with deer anciently... Descending by the water from Hartsop, we come to Patterdale, so called probably from St. Patrick, to whom the chapel seems to be dedicated. For in the bishop's register it is called Patrickdale... And nigh unto the chapel is a well called St. Patrick's well. This dale is also part of the ancient barony of Kendal.... Higher up.. is Deepdale, so called from its situation; where there are about ten families. [in 1777]"
[Nicolson and Burn: The history and antiquities of the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. 1777.]


Patterdale is a parish in the West Ward and includes Hartsop.
It was formerly in the parish of Barton - where additional information that may include Patterdale can be found



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. The returns for Hartsop and Patterdale are transcribed on EdenLinks.

Census returns are available for 1841-1911 are available on the Patterdale Today website.

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

NY3916 : St Patrick's Church by Peter McDermott
© P McDermott

St Patrick
Small C19th church by Salvin with saddleback roofed NE tower.
This and other photographs are on the Geograph site.
Photograph(s) and description on VisitCumbria.


Church Records

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

Baptism registers1612-1994
Marriage registers1612-1986
Banns registers1861-1955
Burial registers1612-1978
Bishops transcripts1666-1872

See the CASCAT online calogue for WPR75 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).

Full transcripts from 1763 are available on the Patterdale Today website (and also for the Wesleyan Methodist chapel.


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Patterdale which are provided by:



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

Parson & White (1829), Mannex (1849 & 1851), Harriet Martineau (1855), Post Office (1858), Whellan (1860), Bulmer's (1885 & 1905),
Kelly's (1894, 1897, 1906, 1910, 1914, 1921, 1925, 1929, 1934 & 1938) and Westmorland Gazette (1930) are all transcribed on the Patterdale Today website.





Records of Patterdale, historical and descriptive. by William Prosser Morris Published in 1903, T. Wilson (Kendal, Eng)
is available from Open Library

Cumbria County History Trust has published a "Jubilee Digest" for the township of Patterdale with Hartsop

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

"Patterdale, the Lordship of Roger de Lancaster, 32 Hen. III. who dying 19 Edw. I. left it with his other Estates to John de Lancaster, his Son and Heir. This John was a warlike Man, and was with his King several Times in his Wars with Scotland, in which he behaved himself with that Fidelity and Courage, that the King employed him in guarding the Marches against that Nation. He sat in Parliament among the Barons from 25 Edw. I. to the 3 Edw. II. He left no Issue, and so his Estate passed to his Sister' s Son Richard de Plaiz, then a Minor of twelve Years old, and from that Family to the Howards, Ancestors to the Dukes of Norfolk, who are spread into so many noble Families."



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NY389136 (Lat/Lon: 54.514316, -2.944588), Patterdale which are provided by:




Probate Records

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