Local History

In this section of the site, we are bringing together as much historical information as possible about the Parish of Patterdale. It is hoped this will be of as much interest to local readers as it will undoubtedly be to genealogists and historical researchers in more distant places. Much of this data has been provided by Chris Darvill, who, over many years, has transcribed the Parish Registers, Census Returns, Memorial Inscriptions and local Directories. 

Some subjects for future inclusion have been suggested by readers and these are shown below in grey. If you know anything about these, or know of any other stories about local events or people and fancy writing something up about them, please do so. We will gladly add them to the site and of course give you full acknowledgement as the author.

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 Memorials
 Events
Prince of Wales Visit - 1857
Keppel Cove Disaster - 1927
Greenside Disaster - 1952
Operation Orpheus - 1959

 Census
        1787        1841         1851         1861
        1871        1881         1891         1901
        1911

 People
        Rev. William Prosser Morris
        John Mounsey (The 'King' of Patterdale)
        Ann Macbeth
        Marshalls of Patterdale Hall
        Edward Thomas Borlase
        William Wordsworth

 Stories
        A Long Chase - 1779
        The Charles Gough Tragedy - 1805

 Places
        Greenside Mine
        The Parting Stone

 Photographs
        Abraham Series Postcards of Patterdale

 Old Maps
        1774 - Thomas Jefferys Map of Westmorland
                   Cartouche, Legend, Map of Patterdale Area

     Ordnance Survey Maps 1:10560 (6 inches to 1 mile)
     Note: Years shown are the survey or revision dates
        1897 - Patterdale
        1897 - Glenridding, Grisedale
        1897 - Greenside Mine, Glencoyne
        1897 - Blowick, Ullswater, Aira Force
        1913 - Greenside Mine, Glencoyne
        1913 - Ullswater, Silvery Point

 Books
 
 St Patrick's Parish Registers
Baptism Registers
Aug 1763 - Dec 1812
Jan 1813 - Feb 1868
Feb 1868 - Nov 1994
        Nov 1994 - Nov 2014
Confirmation Registers 
1892 - 1946
        1949 - 2008
Banns Registers
1861 - 1955
Marriage Registers
Jul 1754 - Sep 1812
Oct 1814 - May 1837
Nov 1837 - Oct 1950
Apr 1951 - Jul 1964
Jun 1965 - Nov 1986
        Dec 2011 - May 2014
        Jun 2014 - Nov 2014
Burial Registers
Sep 1763 - Dec 1812
Jan 1813 - Jul 1895

Sep 1895 - Nov 1978
Apr 1979 - Jun 1994
                Apr 1994 - Oct 2014

 Wesleyan Chapel Parish Registers
        Baptism Register
                Mar 1892 - Mar 1983
        Wesleyan Marriage Register
                Sep 1902 - Oct 1992

 Directories
Parson & White Directory 
        1829
Mannex Directories 

        1849, 1851
Harriet Martineau Directory 
        1855
Post Office Directories 
        1858
Whellan Directory 
        1860
Bulmer's Directories
        1885, 1905
Kelly's Directories 
        1894, 1897, 1906, 1910, 1914,
        1921, 1925, 1929, 1934, 1938
Westmorland Gazette Directory 
        1930

 Miscellaneous
        Hearth Tax Returns
                1669-72, 1670, 1674/5  
        Various Historical Notes
                Extracts by John F Curwen