Records Relating To the Barony of Kendale: Volume 3. Originally published by Titus Wilson and Son, Kendal, 1926.
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1671 7 October. Memorandum that upon the 20th July, 22 Charles II, John Phillipson of Calfgarth, yeo. came before Robert Phillipson, esq., at Calfgarth and gave information upon proof of the oaths of witnesses that Christopher Birkett of Underbarrow and his wife, Henry Hewert and Mary his wife, John Pepper, Miles Halhead and Thomas Cowper all of the same, Miles Bateman of Tullithwayte, younger, and Miles Hubersty of the same, Richard Judson of Crooke, John Thompson, Geo. Thompson, Peter Bateman and Dorothy Bateman all of the same, Rob. Thompson of Milnebecke, Geo. Dodgson of Strickland Ketle, Jas. Dodgson and his wife, John Helme, Randle Williamson and Ellis Kitchin all of the same, Roger Bacchus of Kendall and Jas. Newby of the same, Thomas Grave of Hugill and his wife, Elizabeth Grave, widow, and Isabell Salkeld of the same, did each on 4 July last assemble and unlawfully congregate in the house of the said Christopher Birkett of Underbarrow with other evil doers and disturbers of the king's peace unknown to the number of forty persons besides the family of the said Christopher at the assemblage of a conventicle and gathering under colour and pretext of exercising religion otherwise than allowed by the Liturgy of the English Church and against the king's peace, his crown and dignity, and against the form of the Statute in such case made and provided, wherefore the said Christopher Birkett and the other evil doers are convicted, Christopher Birkett's fine £20, Miles Bateman's fine £20, for taking upon himself to (concionari) in the meeting and upon each other person five shillings for their consent, according to the form of the Statute, etc. (K. Indictment Book, 1669-1692). See also under Loughrigg.
1691 9 October. Petition of Anne Eskrigg of Underbarrow that on 29 August last a sudden and lamentable fire happened in her house that burnt down and consumed the barn and part of the dwelling house with all her hay and corn, husbandry gear and part of her bedding and household stuff, the loss computed at £6 15s., the truth of all which sufferings appears to this court under the hands of several substantial persons, the deplorable condition of the said poor sufferer is hereby recommended to the charitable benevolence of well disposed Christians within the Churches and Chapels and other places of Divine worship within the Barony of Kendall, and it is likewise recommended to the Churchwardens of every parish to go from house to house with the poor sufferer to receive the alms of all charitable people if the Churchwardens think fit. K. Indictment Book, 1669–92.
1696 24 April. The following, being suspected persons, have neglected or refused to make and subscribe the Declaration and take the Oaths: Geo. Layburne, Marm. Tunsdall, gentlemen, John Layfield, Nich. Thornbarrow, Tho. Maskew and John Wilkinson, all in the constablewick of Underbarrow and Bradley Field. K. Indictment Book, 1692–1724.
1724/5 15 January. Information by Will. Steel, present surveyor of Bradley Field, and Henry Rawlendson the next surveyor that the inhabitants of the hamlet of Bradley Field have wrought their six day's work according to the Act, but the way being so much out of repair that the six days are not sufficient, move for an order for an assessment to be laid in the hamlet for raising £1 10s. for putting the highway in repair; Order for an assessment. K. Order Book, 1696–1724.
1738 12 January. By virtue of a Statute of the Lady Elizabeth, Queen of England, in the fifth year of her reign and by virtue of a Statute (2 Philip and Mary) entitled an Act for the amendment of highways, Anthony Askew, esq., of K. Kendall presented that all Underbarrow Scar and 200 yards beyond the same in a common and ancient highway which leads from the market town of K. Kendall to the market town of Cartmel in co. Lancaster, is not well and sufficiently repaired according to the effect of the said Statutes, but that the same is now in great decay that the King's subjects cannot pass or travel without great danger, and that the inhabitants of Underbarrow ought to repair the same as often as occasion requires, etc. K. Indictment Book, 1738–50.
1752 10 April. Presentment that Bowland Bridge in the King's highway between the market towns of Ambleside and Milthrop is broken down and in decay, etc., and that the inhabitants of Underbarrow ought to repair amend or rebuild it. (K. Indictment Book, 1750–60). On the 12 January, 1753, it was certified to be in good and sufficient repair. Ibid.
On 4 May following, upon the petition of the Surveyor of highways in the township of Underbarrow setting forth that at Easter Sessions last Bowland Bridge was indicted and that he had laid out a considerable sum in repair thereof and praying to be reimbursed; it is ordered that an assessment of 1½d. in the pound be levied upon the several inhabitants owners and occupiers, and in case of refusal or non payment within 10 days after demand the same to be levied by distress and sale of goods, etc. K. Order Book, 1750–60.
1755 17 January. Presentment that there was and yet is a certain common and ancient highway leading between the market towns of Ulverston and K. Kendale, etc., and that a certain part of the same King's highway beginning at Scarrhead leading over along and across a fell or common called Kendale Barrows to Bradley Field Lane and along and through the said lane to Bradley Field Lane Gate, being one mile in length and 8 feet in breadth, was and yet is very ruinous, etc., and that the inhabitants of the division of Bradley Field in the township of Underbarrow ought to repair the same. (K. Indictment Book, 1750–60). On a certificate that the way was sufficiently repaired the indictment was discharged on 3 April, 1758.
1755 11 April. Presentment that there was and yet is a certain common and ancient highway leading between the market towns of K. Kendale and Cartmel, etc., and that a certain part of the same King's highway beginning at a place called Punch Bowl in the township of Underbarrow and ending at a place called Gregg Hall containing in length 70 foot and 20 foot in breadth, by reason of the overflowing of the water there was and yet is very ruinous, etc. and that the inhabitants of the division of Underbarrow ought to repair the same. K. Indictment Book, 1750–60.
1769 2 October. Presentment that a certain common and ancient highway leading from the market town of K. Kendale towards the village of Brigsteer in the townships of Helsington and Levens and that a certain part of the same beginning at the south-west corner of a certain enclosure near Crow Well lately enclosed from Kendal Fell and extending through the division of Bradley Field to the township of Helsington and situate within the division of Bradley field and containing in length 250 yards and 7 yards in breadth, was and yet is very ruinous, etc., and that the inhabitants and occupiers of Bradley field ought to repair the same. K. Indictment Book, 1760–70. According to a certificate that the same was then effectually repaired the indictment was discharged on 7 October, 1771. K. Indictment Book, 1770-80.
1823 14 July. On the Roll of this Sessions is filed a notice that it is the intention of John Atkinson of Garth Row in the township of Underbarrow, to open the dwelling house above mentioned as a place of religious worship for protestant dissenters and requesting that the same might be duly registered according to the Statute in that case made and provided. K. Indict. Book, 1817–24.