Ravenstonedale is an Ancient Parish in the county of Westmorland.

Other places in the parish include: Fellend, Bowderdale, Angles, and Newbiggen.

Alternative names: Ravenstone-Dale

Parish church: St. Oswald

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1571
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1667

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Presbyterian, Primitive Methodist, Protestant Dissenters, Society of Friends/Quaker, and Wesleyan Methodist. 

Adjacent Parishes

  • Crosby Garrett
  • Mallerstang
  • Smardale
  • Sedbergh
  • Kirkby Stephen
  • Orton

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

RAVENSTONEDALE, a village and a parish in East Ward district, Westmoreland. The village stands on ahead stream of the river Eden, 1¾ mile S E of Newbiggen r. station, and 4¾ S W of Kirkby-Stephen; and has a post-office under Penrith, a weekly market on Thursday, and fairs on the Thursday after Whitsunday, the Wednesday before the second Thursday of March, the Wednesday before the second Sunday of April, and 29 Aug. The parish is divided into the quarters of Town, Newbiggen, Fellend, and Bowderdale. Acres, 18, 450. Real property, £7, 371. Pop. in 1851, 939; in 1861, 1, 264. Houses, 247. The increase of pop. Arose from the temporary presence of labourers on railway works. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged to Watton nunnery, and passed to the Whartons and the Lowthers. The surface includes much mountain, called R. fells; and contains sources of the rivers Eden and Lune. Tumuli are at Rasate; a Druidical circle, near Rotherbridge; and “a holy well,” and formerly a chapelat Newbiggen. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £110. Patron, the Earl of Lonsdale. The church was rebuilt in 1744. There are chapels for Independents, Wesleyans, and Primitive Methodists, an endowed grammar school with £42 a year, and charities £22.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

The Ravenstonedale Parish Registers, 1571-[1812] – Google Books

FamilySearch – Birth Marriage & Death Census Migration & Naturalization Military Probate & Court

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England, Boyd’s Marriage Indexes, 1538-1850 (FindMyPast) – free

The Joiner Marriage Index

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

County: Westmorland
Civil Registration District: East Ward
Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Manor of Ravenstonedale
Diocese: Carlisle
Rural Deanery: Westmorland
Poor Law Union: East Ward
Hundred: East Ward
Province: York

Further Reading

The Fothergills of Ravenstonedale: Their Lives and Their Letters by Catherine Thornton | Dec 8, 2008

The history and traditions of Ravenstonedale, Westmorland by W. Nicholls | Jun 10, 2015

The Ravenstonedale Parish Registers, 1571-[1812] by Ravenstonedale (Parish : England) | Aug 25, 2017

Explorations in Ravenstonedale (II). An original article from The Transactions of The Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, 1930. by Edward Frankland | Jan 1, 1930

Excavations in Ravenstonedale. An original article from The Transactions of The Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, 1929. by Edward Percy Frankland | Jan 1, 1929

The history and traditions of Ravenstonedale, Westmorland [Leather Bound] by Nicholls, W., Rev | Jan 1, 2019

THE QUAKER REGISTERS OF RAVENSTONEDALE, GRISEDALE, AND GARSDALE, 1650-1837. with the second register of Birks Chapel, Warcop, 1754-1837, and extracts from the life of Stephen Brunskill of Orton (1748-1836), Methodist preacher. Jan 1, 1994

The Ancient Meeting-House at Ravenstonedale. An article from The Transactions of the Congregational Historical Society Transactions. by Francis Nicholson. Ernest Axon. | Jan 1, 1909

Two Old Towns: Kirkby Stephen – Ravenstonedale by Michael Ffinch | Jan 1, 1983

 

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