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"Soulby... The name of this place in ancient time was most commonly written Sulleby: whether from the name of the owner, or how otherwise, we have not found. The chapel of Soulby was built... in the year 1663."
[Nicolson and Burn:The history and antiquities of the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. 1777. ]

Soulby is a parish in the East Ward of the county adjacent to Crosby Garrett, Asby and Kirkby Stephen.
Until 1766 it was a chapelry of Kirkby Stephen.



No returns survive for the 'census' of 1787 .

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

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.


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


Church History

St Luke
Simple single chamber chapel of 1662-3 by Sir Philip Musgrave.
The church is now deconsecrated.
Historical and architectural notes on National Heritage List (English Heritage site).
Photograph(s) and description on English Country Cottages.
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 1813-1975
Marriage registers 1863-1947
Banns registers -
Burial registers 1850-1971
Bishops transcripts 1813-1886

See the CASCAT online calogue for WPR49 for information on these and other parish records..

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


Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Soulby which are provided by:



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 Soulby to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

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



The Later Records relating to North Westmorland by John F. Curwen (1932) are available on British History Online

Cumbria County History Trust has published a "Jubilee Digest" for the township of Soulby

Magna Britannica et Hibernia.Volume 6: Westmorland by T Cox 45 pages, printed in 1731.

"Smerdale, Souleby, two Manors of Roger Lord Clifford 4th, of which he died possessed 13 Rich. II. and left to his son Thomas, as he did several others."



1641/2 159(est)
1671 215(est)
1801 237