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Whitbeck, Cumberland

Historical Description

Whitbeck, a small village and a parish in Cumberland, on the coast, under Black Combe Mountain, 1½ mile N by W of Silecroft station on the Furness railway, and 6½ miles WSW of Broughton-on-Furness. Post town, Bootle (S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Silecroft. Acreage, 4470 of land and 590 of water and foreshore; population, 188. The Earl of Lonsdale is lord of the manor. Much of the land is moor and mountain. A Roman road runs through the parish, and there were three Druidical circles. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle; net value, £123 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The church is a small plain building in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, and bell-gable, and was restored in 1883. There is an almshouse hospital.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCumberland 
Ecclesiastical parishWhitbeck St. Mary 
Poor Law unionBootle 
WardAllerdale above Derwent 

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Civil Registration

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Whitbeck from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Cumberland is available to browse.


Online maps of Whitbeck are available from a number of sites:

Villages, Hamlets, &c

Newton (Whitbeck)

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Cumberland, 1615 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionNorth West
Postal districtLA19
Post TownMillom