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Blackford, Cumberland

Historical Description

Blackford is a parish, formed March 31, 1871, and consists of the whole of Westlinton township, previously in Kirklinton parish, and a part of the parish of Rockliffe; it is on the road from Carlisle to Longtown, with a station on the North British railway, 6½ miles north from Carlisle and 4 south from Longtown, in the Northern division of the county, Eskdale ward, union and petty sessional division of Longtown, county court district of Carlisle, rural deanery of Carlisle north and archdeaconry and diocese of Carlisle.

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

Church Records

The registers date from the year 1871.


Church of England

St. John the Baptist (parish church)

The church of St. John the Baptist, erected in 1870 at a cost of £2,000, is a building of red sandstone, in the Gothic style, from designs by Mr. Borough, architect, late of Carlisle, and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and a turret containing 2 bells: in 1899 a new organ was provided, choir stalls and heating apparatus put in, and the chancel decorated, at a cost of £300: there are 160 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Land and Property

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


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

Visitations Heraldic

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

RegionNorth West
Postal districtCA6
Post TownCarlisle