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"Whitwell and Selside... Inclining westward, we come to Whitwell and Selside, which though separate divisions, yet make but one constablewick, and seem to have been originally but one manor. When they were first separated doth not appear. ... Fawcet Forest, at the utmost extremity of the parish towards the east and north. It was anciently called Fauside. It is within the chapelry of Selside."
[Nicolson and Burn: History and antiquities of the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. 1777.Transcribed by A Nichols.]

Selside is a parish in Kendal Ward. It was formerly part of the extremely large Kendal parish.
Neighbouring parishes include Long Sleddale, Burnside, Greyrigg and Orton.



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

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


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Selside area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

St Thomas
Church of 1838 with broad tower of 1894.
Historical and architectural notes on National Heritage List (English Heritage site).
Church plans from ICBS archive on Church Plans Online (Lambeth Palace Library).
Access and contact details on Church of England site
More details and maps in Genuki Westmorland Church Database


Church Records

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

Baptism registers 1753-1934
Marriage registers 1753-1934
Banns registers -
Burial registers 1753-1947
Bishops transcripts 1813-1871

See the CASCAT online calogue for WPR30 for information on these and other parish records..

For searching on LDS see IGIbatch numbers (compiled by Jake Prescott)
or use the batch number search site (by Hugh Wallis).


Description and Travel

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



Ask for a calculation of the distance from Selside to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Selside has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



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

Selside and Whitwell (also Supplementary Records)
Bannisdale and Fawcet Forest(also Supplementary Records)
Cumbria County History Trust has published a "Jubilee Digest" for the township of Selside and Whitwell and Fawcett Forest


Probate Records

Wills for Selside 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.



Hearth Tax records for 1674 Fawcett Forest transcribed on Edenlinks.

Hearth Tax records for 1674 Whitfell & Selside transcribed on Edenlinks.