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 Cumberland-A maritime county, bounded on the west by the Irish Sea, on the east by the counties of Northumberland and Durham, on the south by those of Westmoreland and Lancashire, and on the north it is separated from Scotland by the waters of the Solway, the Scot's Dyke and the river Liddal. At the time of the Norman conquest Cumberland was so impoverished, William the Conqueror remitted all its taxations.

The surface of this county is irregular, with rugged mountains and many beautiful valleys, as well as fine lakes, rivers and extensive woodlands.

Mineralogical productions of this county are rich and varied, and include lead, copper and iron ores, zinc, cobalt and black lead. The lead mines are at Alstone Moor, copper mines near Caldbeck, Hesket Newmarket and Borrowdale and Newlands in the neighbourhood of Keswick. At Crowgarth in the parish of Egremont is an iron mine, which is unrivalled for productiveness in Great Britain. The famous black lead mines are situated at the head of Borrowdale, in a place difficult of access.

The principal manufactures of Cumberland are the spinning and manufacturing of cotton into various fabrics, and calico-printing. Coarse linens, checks, woollens etc. are also produced in several of the towns, and Carlisle has long been famous for its ginghams. Several paper mills are established in different parts of the county. Earthenware is manufactured near Dearham and near Workington are ironworks, which employ several hundred workmen.

The county is divided into five wards, synonimous with the hundreds of the other counties. They are Allerdale above Darwent, Allerdale below Darwent, Cumberland, Eskdale and Leath. These contain one city (Carlisle) seventeen market towns, and one hundred and twelve parishes.

( Pigot and Co.'s National Commercial Directory, 1828 )


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  • Genuki Cumberland
  • Ulverston's Heritage First! History Group
  • Furness FHS
  • Cumbria FHS
  • Cumbria Archive Service
  • Cumbria Manorial Records
  • Cumbria Industrial History Society
  • Cumberland Newspaper Transcriptions  -  * well worth a browse
  • The Cumberland Chronicle -   early newspaper snippets
  • Matterdale Matters  
  • Watermillock Watch   -   * Matterdale's sister site
  • IGI Batch Numbers for Cumberland Churches  -  courtesy of Jake Prescott
  • Roland Grigg's Parish Registers   * worth a visit
  • Copeland Research   -  dedicated to the history, people and places within the ancient district of Copeland
  • EdenLinks Genealogy
  • Old Maps   -  Cumberland
  • Knowhere Guide to Egremont
  • Industrial History of Cumbria
  • The History of Whitehaven
  • Durham Mining Museum - Disasters in Northern England
  • Haig Colliery Mining Museum
  • Mining History Network Bibliography - Cumberland & Westmorland
  • William Worsdworth, Poet
  • Uldale on the Internet
  • The History of Cumbria & The Lake District
  • Index of Parish Register Copies in the library of the SoG
  • Cumbrian Railways Association
  • UK Genealogy   -   Cumberland
  • Millom Ironworks - * Nice pics
  • RAF Museum - Millom
  • Whitehaven:  Then & Now   -   Sean Duffy
  • Workington Iron & Steel
  • Carlisle History   -  including a surname index for Carlisle cemetery
  • The story of St Bees from its early beginnings
  • Thieves, Rogues and Vagabonds


    General Links

  • General Register Office  -  how to obtain B,M or D certificates, & ordering online
  • The National Archives
  • The Story of Workhouses   -   * excellent site *
  • Free BMD ( Births, Marriages & Deaths Database)
  • The IGI
  • 1901 Census OnLine
  • FreeCEN  -  The UK Census Online
  • Census Enumerators' Books - A brief introduction
  • Guide to using the English Census
  • FreeREG   -   ( Parish Records database)
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission   -  database of the Commonwealth soldiers who died in the two world wars
  • National Service Memoirs
  • The World War Two Memories Project
  • Names of Mining Victims in Great Britain
  • Historical Directories  -  a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales
  • Cyndi's List
  • Internet Library of Early Journals   -   A digital library of 18th and 19th Century journals
  • English Heritage





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