Aldingham, Lancashire Family History

Aldingham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Lancashire.

Other places in the parish include: Gleaston, Birkrig Common, Upper and Lower Aldingham, Glaston, and Leece.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1539

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Aldingham

  • Dendron
  • Rampside
  • Urswick
  • Dalton in Furness

Historical Descriptions

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Aldingham (Upper and Lower), two united parishes and townships in the hund. of Lonsdale, north of the sands, union of Ulverstone, co.-palatine of Lancaster; 5¾ miles south of Ulverstone. The lower division is situated on Morecombe bay. It contains the townships of Upper and Lower Aldingham, Glaston, and Leece. Living, a rectory in the archd. of Richmond and dio. of Chester; rated at £39 19s. 2d.; gross income £1,183. Patron, the Crown. There are charities to the poor, and for educational purposes, in this parish, to the amount of about £16 yearly. Pop., in 1801, 633; in 1831, 884. Houses 155. Acres 4,680. A. P. £4,800. Poor rates, in 1837, £321. Of the two united townships, the pop. of Upper Aldingham, in 1821, was 291; Lower Aldingham, 115. — This parish was formerly of much greater extent. In West’s Antiquities of Furness, it is stated that “the encroachments of the sea have been progressive; for great part of the parish of Aldingham has been swept away within these few centuries. There is a tradition in Furness, that the church of Aldingham stood in the centre of the parish; at present it is within reach of a high tide. It is within the memory of man that some parts of the ruins of a village, called Low Scales, was visible on the sands; and the villages of Crinleton and Rose, which the first Sir Michael le Fleming exchanged with the monks of Bardsey, are only known in record.”

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.


  • County: Lancashire
  • Civil Registration District: Ulverstone
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries – Furness
  • Diocese: Chester
  • Rural Deanery: Furness and Cartmel
  • Poor Law Union: Ulverston
  • Hundred: Lonsdale
  • Province: York

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