"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.
Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts are held by Cumbria Archives :
originals at Kendal RO and microfilm copies at Carlisle RO.
See the CASCAT online calogue for WPR49 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).
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.
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."
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference NY748110 (Lat/Lon: 54.4937, -2.39056), Soulby which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)