"Crook and Winster... These two, in like manner as Staveley and Ings, were originally one chapelry; but now they are two distinct chapelries. The chapel of Crook is a fair building, with a tower steeple, and one bell. Winster, though it is in the parish of Kendal, yet is said to be in the constablewick of Undermilbeck in the parish of Windermere. The chapelry of Winster was anciently a part of the chapelry of Crook. This place gives name to the rivulet called Winster Beck; which almost from head to foot divides Westmorland from Lancashire."
[Nicolson and Burn: History and antiquities of the counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. 1777.]
Winster is a parish in Kendal Ward and was formerly part of Kendal parish.
It adjoins Lancashire. Nearby parishes include Windermere, Hugill and Crosthwaite cum Lyth.
Returns do not survive for the 'census' of 1787.
Census returns are available from the usual sources for 1841-1911.
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 WPR50 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.
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