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Winster

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"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.]

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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.

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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

 

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Holy Trinity

Single chamber church of 1875 with bellcote on mid buttress

Photograph(s) and description on VisitCumbria.
Access and contact details on Church of England site.
More details and maps in Genuki Westmorland Church Database

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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 registers1720-1812
Marriage registers1120-1837
Banns registers1754-1803
Burial registers1720-1812
Bishops transcripts1813-1871

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).

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Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Winster 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 Winster 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

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

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SD413950 (Lat/Lon: 54.346945, -2.904103), Winster which are provided by:

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Probate Records

Wills for Winster 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.