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Rydal

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"Rydal, Sir Daniel Fleming supposes to be a contraction of Rowthey-dale, from the river of that name running down there. Loughrigg evidently takes its name from the loughs or lakes with which this country abounds. It is a hamlet of itself, opposite to Rydal on the other side of the water: which being conjoined with a bridge, makes as it were one intire village, yet they are two manors."
[Nicolson & Burn: The history and antiquities of the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. 1777.]

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Rydal was formerly part of Grasmere parish. It is adjacent to Langdale and Ambleside parishes.

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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

St Mary's Church , Rydal . Click for full-size image on Geograph site. © Copyright Bill Henderson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
© Bill Henderson

St Mary
Simple church of 1824 with W tower, nave and chancel.
This and other photographs on Geograph site.
Historical and architectural notes on National Heritage List (English Heritage site).
Photograph(s) and description on VisitCumbria.
Access and contact details on Church of England site
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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 registers1826-1979
Marriage registers1827-1956
Banns registers-
Burial registers-
Bishops transcripts1831-1878

See the CASCAT online calogue for WPR82 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 Rydal 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 Rydal 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 Rydal & Loughrigg

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NY355075 (Lat/Lon: 54.458462, -2.995711), Rydal which are provided by:

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Probate Records

Wills for Rydal 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 Loughrigg & Rydal transcribed on Edenlinks.