KIRKBY IN LONSDALE.
14 August. John, parson of Kyrkebi in Lonesdal witnesses the
award in a plea between Robert Murdac, vicar of Clapham, and the
monks of Furness concerning the tithes due from the abbey lands in
Newby and Clapham. About the same time he testifies to the
election of Nicholas to the bishopric of the Isles by the said monks.
(Furness Coucher Book, vol. ii, pp. 312, 711). As vicar he was also a
witness to Gilbert Fitz Reinfred's confirmation of Ivo de Tailbois'
grant of K. Lonsdale Church to St. Mary's Abbey, and attested Alice
de Rumeli's grant of Borrowdale to the monks of Furness. In 1227
he received a grant to hold a yearly fair on the land of his church as
also a weekly market. Still as vicar of Kirkby Lonsdale in 1230 he
witnessed the confirmation by William de Neubiging of the gift of
Orm son of Adam de Kellet of certain lands to the canons of Cockersand. The first mention of Richard de Wisebeche as vicar is in 1365
when he and Thomas Banes received a grant of pontage for six years
in aid of the repair to the bridge, the last mention of him as vicar is in
1374 when he received a grant from James de Pickering of lands and
tenements in Sedgwick which premises he regranted to John de York.
By September, 1392, Nicholas de Stayngreve was vicar, when with
others he alienated in mortmain to the abbot and convent of St.
Mary's certain lands in the vill of Casterton held of the lady Philippa.
He had a ratification of his estate in K. Lonsdale on 20 October, 1403.
(Cal. Pat. Rolls, 1391–6, p. 176; 1401–5, p. 305). On 28 May, 1438,
John Bryan was presented to the vicarage by the abbot and convent
of St. Mary's. Reg. Arch. of Richmond, Yorks. Arch. Soc., vol. 25,
9 June. Whereas the buildings of the vicarage had been consumed
suddenly by fire, and as John Bryan, the vicar of Kirkeby-inLondesdale, is not able to erect them afresh by reason of the scanty
return from his benefice, license is granted to him to celebrate, for the
space of two years, private masses for the living as well as for the dead
and therefrom to receive fitting payment. Ibid., p. 229.
20 October. The Middleton Chantry was founded in a chapel
specially built within the parish church of K. Lonsdale.
The Valor Ecclesiasticus (vol. v, pp. 259, 260), gives the following
Surveys on the eve of the Reformation.
The Vicarage of the church of Kirk Lounsdalle. Rectory appropriated to the monastery of St. Mary of York. Thomas Dobson,
The aforesaid Vicarage is worth in—
|Mansion with glebe per ann.
|Tithe of hay
|Lesser and private tithes with Oblations as in the Easter Book
|Reprisals to wit, Sinodal (fn. 1)
|Procurations (fn. 2)
|And clear annual value
|A tenth part whereof
The Chantry under the Chapel of St. Leonard under the parish of
Kyrkeby Lownsdall—Edward Gravyn, priest.
The aforesaid chantry is worth in—
|Rents and farms of two tenants and in land, the clear value of
|A tenth part whereof
On 14 February, 1545/6, a commission was issued to Robert
Aldrich, bishop of Carlisle, Thomas Lord Wharton, Sir John Lowther
and Edward Edgore, esq. to make a survey of the Chantries in
Cumberland and Westmorland. Their Return is amongst the
Rentals and Surveys kept at the Public Record Office, roll 846. It
gives particulars of the two following chantries in K. Lonsdale.
Chantry of William Middleton in the parish church. Sir Robert
|Farm of certain lands and tenements within Garsdale, parcel of the late monastery of St. Agatha, beside Richmond, now in the King's hands, and paid by the Receiver of the Same lands yearly
|One house in Gryntone with a little garth
|Reprisal:—Paid to the King yearly
|And so remaineth
The survey of 1547 (1 Edward VI, c. 14) is almost identical except
that it gives Robert Dodgson's age as sixty and his salary as £4 13s. 4d.
Chantry of St. Leonard called the Spittle in K. Lonsdale. Sir
Jefferey Bainbrigg, incumbent.
|One messuage called the Spittelle containing 26 acres of arable land, 6 acres of meadow with certain wastes in the tenure of George Bainbrigg paying yearly
|One tenement in the holding of John Green
|One parcel of arable land, James Hewetson
|One parcel of meadow land, Christopher Harding
|Two parcels of ground, Richard Newton and Richard Godsalve each paying 6d. yearly
|Reprisals:—Paid to the King for tenenements
|To William Bordaille yearly
|And so remaineth
The first founder of the K. Lonsdale Grammar School was Edward
Godsalve of Newton in Whittington who gave £100 to be disposed of
towards a free-school at the discretion of Mr. Bland, rector of Whittington. This Mr. Bland in consideration that the market town of K.
Lonsdale was only one mile distant proposed that the £100 should be
laid out at K. Lonsdale provided that the inhabitants would add
another £100 to the same uses. This was accordingly done. John
Warrener, haberdasher of London, in his will dated 6 February,
1584/5, left £10 to the New School. On 23 July, 1591, Queen Elizabeth issued her charter to the School appointing as Governors, John
Williamson, vicar of K. Lonsdale, Edmund Middleton, Esq., Christopher Baynbridge, clerk, William Middleton, Thomas Ward, Bryan
Manser, Arthur Middleton, and Christopher Middleton, gentlemen,
and others, yeomen. The next benefactor was Dame Elizabeth
Curwen, (fn. 3) relict of Sir Nicholas Curwen and heiress to Thomas Carus
of the Biggins, who on 4 March, 1609/10, conveyed to the
Governors a messuage and tenement called the School-house (fn. 4)
and three acres of land (fn. 5) and also the yearly rent of 16d. issuing
out of one acre of land within the manor of K. Lonsdale. In
1628 Henry Wilson of Underley rebuilt the Schoolhouse, left
several bequests to it in his will and erected a stone to that effect
which has been transferred to the present building. About 1846 the
head master's house was built in Biggins Lane and by 1850 the
present school house was completed.
On 24 July, 1616, Mr. Adams was incumbent of K. Lonsdale and
on 3 July, 1617, we find the name of Thomas Adamson as incumbent.
In 1620, Henry Park, as vicar of K. Lonsdale granted a loan of £1
for the use of the Count Palatine of the Rhine, the King's son-in-law,
and in 1622 he contributed £2 toward the recovery of the Palatinate.
On 12 November, 1623, Samuel Sackville was instituted on the death
of Henry Park, and in 1624 he, as vicar, paid a subsidy of £3 12s. and
for the three years 1634 to 1636 he promised to pay (blank) per year
towards the repair of St. Paul's Cathedral. On 22 January, 1637,
Charles Jones was instituted on the resignation of Samuel Sackville
and in 1639, as vicar, contributed towards the expenses of the war
against the Scots. On 14 December, 1640, George Bateman or
George Buchanan was instituted on the resignation of Charles Jones.
He was vicar from 1640 to 1645 and his name appears in a list of
sequestrated Royalists. On 30 September, 1661, Edmund Tatham
was instituted, after him John Hollinson followed and on 19 February,
1670, Hierom Waterhouse was instituted on the death of Hollinson.
Reg. of Chester, as given by Whitaker, Hist. of Richmondshire, ii, 279;
also Lanc, and Cheshire Record Soc., vol. xii, pp. 58, 70, 82, 96, 125.
Thomas Moore, of Hutton Roofe and Dorothy Middleton of Lupton,
were prosecuted in the Bishop's Court at Richmond, by Henry Hoyle,
priest of K. Lonsdale for small tithes, and in the latter end of the year
were cast into prison by a writ de Excommunicato capiendo where they
remained till the priest died, after whose death they were kept in
prison by John Newton of K. Lonsdale, the priest's proctor, till he
also died, and then they were set at liberty after four years and seven
months imprisonment. Alex. Pearson, Material for an account of
Rev. Henry Hoyle the vicar died and the Churchwardens enter 4s.
as bestowed on "neighbouring ministers upon ye decease of Mr.
Hoyle." (Churchwardens Accounts). He was followed by John
Briggs who was instituted on 2 November, 1676.
24 April. The following being suspected persons, have neglected
or refused to make and subscribe the Declaration and take the oaths;
John Rumley and Roger Harryson of K. Lonsdale. K. Indictment
14 July. John Briggs, vicar of K. Lonsdale, and John Firbank,
schoolmaster of K. Lonsdale, signed the anti-Jacobite "Association," formed throughout the Kingdom, for the protection of
William III. K. Indictment Book, 1692–1724.
16 April. Order that Thomas Wilson, of Underley, gentleman, who
petitions that he has been over assessed, be in future charged proportionately with the rest of the inhabitants of K. Lonsdale. K.
Order Book, 1696–1724.
17 January. Order that John Hebblethwaite, High Constable for
Lonsdale Ward be fined £10 for his negligence in not attending the
last Sessions and this Sessions. K. Order Book, 1696, 1724.
16 January. This court being fully satisfied upon the information
of several very substantial persons that Edward Bainbridge of Gill
foot, parish of K. Lonsdale, yeoman, is and hath been for these many
years last past a very notorious person of a disorderly life insomuch
that the whole neighbourhood is in great fear of some mischief to be
done to their house and goods by the said Bainbridge: Order for
his apprehension, etc. K. Order Book, 1696–1724.
17 April. K. Lonsdale Bridge and Barbon Bridge presented as in
decay; ordered that the cawsey at K. Lonsdale bridge be repaired
5 October. Order to the Chief Constable of Lonsdale Ward to pay
Edward Mann, yeoman, £4 18s. by him disbursed in the repairs of
K. Lonsdale bridge being a public bridge. Ibid.
10 October. At the Quarter Sessions before William Fleming,
James Graham, Robert Lowther, Henry Fleming, Daniel Wilson,
Thomas Heblethwaite and John Archer, it was stated that the inhabitants of Kirkby Lonsdale and those of Mansergh had agreed
that K. Lonsdale should pay £4 2s. 6d. towards the cost of a new
bridge at a place called Beckbrow, dividing Kirkby Lonsdale from
Mansergh near Mansergh Hall houses, upon condition that Mansergh
shall for ever repair the bridge. The agreement was subscribed on
25 August, 6 Anne, 1707. This Court orders the agreement to be an
Order of Court. Endorsed with a receipt for 5s. charges and signed
Richard Baynes, clerk of the peace. Information supplied by Col.
W. H. Chippindall from papers in Kirkby Lonsdale Church Vestry.
10 October. Presentment that the cawsey or pavement as both
ends of K. Lonsdale bridge 300 feet in length is very much in decay;
order to the two chief constables to repair the same. (K. Order Book,
1696–1724). On 16 January following the above order was suspended
and referred to Thomas Hebblethwaite, esq., to hear and determine.
16 April. Order that the battlements of K. Lonsdale Bridge and
the pavement upon the bridge be repaired according to the discretion
of Thomas Hebblethwaite, esq. and Mr. William Moore, chief
constable of Lonsdale Ward. Ibid.
18 January. K. Lonsdale Bridge is in decay; order for a
report from the chief constable. Ibid.
13 January Faculty granted by Peregrine Gaskell, commissary
of the Archdeaconry of Richmond, to add two new bells to the three
already hanging in Kirkby Lonsdale Church on the condition that no
assessment is to be laid on the parish for that purpose. Information
supplied by Col. W. H. Chippindall from papers in the Church Vestry.
1720/1 13 January. Certificate of the high constable of Lonsdale that
with Mr. Edward Wilson he has viewed the causey at the east end of
K. Lonsdale bridge, where there is occasion for a "horse cawsway"
to be made the length of 12 yards and to be 4 feet in breadth and 3
yards further a causeway to be only 3 feet in breadth, and that the
pavement on the bridge is trodden into holes in some places; order
for repair. Ibid.
Michaelmas. Presentment that the highway betwixt K. Lonsdale
and Ternside is in great decay; order that it be sufficiently repaired
before 1 January next. K. Indictment Book, 1725–37.
One Masden or Marsden of K. Lonsdale introduced the culture of
the potato into the District. Local Chron., 121.
18 April. Presentment that K. Lonsdale bridge being a public
bridge wants reparation; order to the high constable to view and
report. K. Order Book, 1738–50; also Indictment Book, 1738–50.
6 April. Order to the two high constables to view K. Lonsdale
bridge and the way at each end and contract for the repairing of the
same at as low a rate as possible. Ibid.
26 April. Presentment that the highway from the corner of
Bridge Lane to the 300 foot at the west end of K. Lonsdale bridge is
too narrow, dirty, founderous and in decay for want of reparation and
that the inhabitants ought to repair it. K. Indictment Book, 1738–
9 October. It appearing that 300 yards and upwards in length
from the west end of K. Lonsdale Bridge to the upper end of the Lane
next to K. Lonsdale is dirty and in decay and not of a sufficient
breadth according to the Statutes. It is ordered that the 300 feet of
the said highway belonging to the county be forthwith made sufficient
and that the remainder be immediately repaired and amended by the
inhabitants of the township who by ancient custom ought to repair
the same as often as occasion requires. K. Order Book, 1738–50.
12 July. Upon representation of the Surveyor of the highway of
K. Lonsdale that the highway from K. Lonsdale Bridge to K. Lonsdale
is not of a sufficient breadth and praying the same may be enlarged:
it is ordered that the Clerk of the Peace do issue a Venire for a jury to
appear at the next Sessions to assess the damages to be occasioned to
to the owners of land and others. (Ibid.). On 7 October following
the names of the jury are given. K. Indict. Book, 1738–50. Then on
13 January following the jurors issue their report as follows: The
ground to be taken from the Close called Robrain belonging to Roger
Wilson, esq., we find to be one perch and 205 tenths of a perch which
we value after the rate of £25 per acre and comes to 3s. 9d. The
ground to be taken from the two closes called Seals and Greenscroft
belonging to Mrs. Jane Jackson we find to be 8 perches and 356 tenths
of a perch which we also value at £1 6s. 1¼d. We also allow 2s. per
rood for making a new fence. The above we agree to be our Verdict
this 14th day of October, 1748. K. Order Book, 1738–50.
13 January. Ordered that an assessment of 6d. in the pound be
made and collected upon all the inhabitants owners or occupiers of
lands, houses, tenements in the township of K. Lonsdale, and that
the money thereby raised shall be employed towards purchasing of
land to enlarge the highway from K. Lonsdale Bridge to the town of
K. Lonsdale and for the making ditches and fences adjoining to the
same; and it is further ordered that this assessment shall be levied by
the Overseers or Surveyors of the highways by distress and sale of
the goods of persons who shall be so assessed and shall not pay the
same within 10 days after demand. K. Order Book, 1738–50.
7 April. Upon the petition of Thomas Webster setting forth that
he made an agreement with the high constable of Lonsdale Ward to
repair the 300 feet at the west end of K. Lonsdale bridge for the sum
of £35 and that the inhabitants of K. Lonsdale were to provide 60
horses and carts and men to drive the same to carry proper materials,
which they never furnished; it is ordered that the high constable
pay to the said Thomas Webster when he shall have completed the
said work the sum of £4 10s. for his charges in carrying the said
31 May. Presentment that Kestwick Bridge is one of the public
bridges and that the same bridge is in great decay and that the said
bridge ought to be repaired at the public expense of the county.
(K. Indictment Book, 1750–60). Ordered that the high constable
view and report the condition at the next Sessions. Ibid.
On 16 July following it was ordered that the high constables do
forthwith contract at as low a rate as possible with some able and
experienced workmen for the repair of Kestwick Bridge. (K. Order
Book, 1750–60). On 10 October, 1755, the indictment was discharged (K. Indict. Book, 1750–60), when the high constables were
ordered to pay unto James Sisson the sum of £10 for the repair of
Kestwick Bridge. K. Order Book, 1750–60.
30 April. Upon the petition of the Surveyors of highways within
the township of K. Lonsdale setting forth that the highways within
the township are greatly out of repair and that the 6 days labour is
insufficient to effectually repair the same; it is ordered that an
assessment of 6d. in the pound be levied upon the several inhabitants
owners and occupiers, etc. and that in case of refusal or non-payment
within 10 days after demand that the said assessment be levied by
distress and sale of goods, etc. (K. Order Book, 1750–60). On 14
January, 1765, there was a similar petition and order. K. Order Book,
14 January. Petition of the inhabitants who state that the
highway from K. Lonsdale towards Milnthorpe in a certain part
thereof, to wit, from the town of K. Lonsdale to the gate leading on
to K. Lonsdale Moor is in many parts thereof too narrow for carriages
to pass with safety; it is ordered that the surveyors do widen the said
road so that the ground taken thereinto doth not exceed 8 yards in
breadth and so that the surveyors do not pull down any houses or
take away the ground of any garden orchard or yard. K. Order
6 October. Rev. Marwood Place was presented by Trinity Coll.,
Cambridge to the vicarage on 1 March, 1766, and on 6 October
following he took the oaths of allegiance, supremacy and abjuration
and subscribed the same according to law. (K. Indictment Book,
1760–70). He followed Tobias Croft who was vicar from 1737 until
his death in November, 1765. In November 1771 he married Ann
Wilson with a fortune of £600 a year and died as vicar in September,
12 July. Similar petition and order respecting an assessment for
the maintenance of the highways as under, 30 April, 1756. (K.
Order Book, 1760–70). The like was agreed to on 9 January, 1769,
and again on 8 January, 1770. Ibid.
11 June. Last week ended the great cock match in K. Lonsdale
between the Gentlemen of Yorkshire and Westmorland, for ten
guineas a battle, and one hundred guineas the main or odd battle,
which was won by the latter, by two in the main and two in the byes.
Sinclair for Yorkshire and Richardson for Westmorland, were the
feeders. Again on 5 June, 1779, a great cock match between Jacob
Morley, esq. (Thomas Richardson, feeder) and Henry Welch, esq.
(David Smith, feeder) was fought at Kirkby Lonsdale. There were
32 main battles and 17 byes; Richardson won 18 main battles and
12 byes, Smith won 14 main and 5 byes. Newcastle Chronicle.
1 November. We hear that a good road is now opened from
Lancaster to Kirkby Lonsdale and Sedbergh to Kirkby Stephen,
which is six or eight miles nearer than by Kendal, a thing which was
very greatly wanted by all who had occasion to travel thro' that part
of the Kingdom. Newcastle Chronicle.
15 July. General Hue and Cry. A description of two men who
committed several Highway Robberies on Saturday night the 1st of
July, on the road leading from Kendal to K. Lonsdale. One of the
men was about 5 feet 8 inches high, had long dark brown hair, long
nosed, long visage, rather inclined to sallowness, had on a round hat
with a band and buckle, his hat was cocked, a white cravat, a light
duffel surtout coat, no under coat, a stript waistcoat double
breasted with two rows of buttons to the bottom, and no pocket flaps,
a pair of clean leather breeches and white stockings with a pair of
milk-and-water coloured over them and without boots. He road a
light bay mare with a nicked tail, was lame on the far hind foot above
the hoof by a prod with a pike fork, has some white spots on the near
buttock nigh the tail, and had on a saddle almost new, orange pannel
and plaided girths. The other man was about 5 feet 4 inches high,
slender made, dark complexion and long straight black hair, pitted
by the small pox, had on a white cravat, a round hat, a dark coloured
duffel surtout coat, no under coat, a pair of drab coloured fustian
breeches and without boots. He road a bay mare with a switch or
long cut tail, and had thereon an old saddle. The hair of the men
might be occasionally tied behind and one of them had plated spurs
without rowels. Alex. Pearson, Materials for an account of K.
11 July. Presentment that K. Lonsdale Bridge is one of the public
bridges and that the said bridge and the 300 feet of the road at each
of the ends are in great decay and ought to be repaired at the expense
of the county. (K. Indict. Book, 1780–87). At the sessions held on
6 October following a certificate was produced that the bridge was
good and in sufficient repair. Ibid.
5 May. Rev. Joseph Sharpe was instituted to the vicarage by
Trinity Coll., Cambridge. He died in 1831 aged 75.
12 April. Filed the conviction of John Warburton of the parish of
Manchester, hawker, for exposing and selling goods by retail at K.
Lonsdale on 23 January, not being a market or fair day and he not
being a householder, for which offence he forfeited £10. Ibid.
6 October. Ordered that a female thief be confined in a solitary
cell for twenty-eight days and then removed to the Town of K.
Lonsdale and be dragged at a cart's tail from the Tolbert Inn in the
said town to the Black Bull Inn on the market day between the hours
of 10 and 12 o'clock noon with a board on her back with the word
"Thief" in large letters thereon and then discharged. K. Minute
6 October. Certificate granted to John Cotes of K. Lonsdale,
Linen manufacturer, for a certain building adjoining his dwelling
house to be used as a place of meeting of Protestant Dissenters for
religious worship. Ibid.
9 June. Monday se'nnight, the Kendal Volunteers marched to
Penrith. About 3 o'clock in the morning the drums beat and at
half past four, upwards of 300 marched off. They arrived at Penrith,
which is 26 miles, over one of the most mountainous tracks in England,
about 2 o'clock in the afternoon. The detached companies from
Burton, Millthrop, Kirkby Lonsdale, etc., joined them the following
day making the whole number about 800. They are a fine body of
stout young men, and are commanded by Lt.-Col. Maude. Newcastle
18 April. Henry Slee of K. Lonsdale convicted for travelling with
his horses and cart on Sunday. K. Order and Indictment Book,
23 May. Advertisement to Plumbers, Carpenters and Masons.
To be sold, the lead covering of K. Lonsdale Church, estimated at
about 36 tons. Also to be let the new roofing, slating, ceiling, seating
and pewing of the said church. Plans and specification of the work
may be inspected by application to Messrs. Buttle and Tomlinson,
K. Lonsdale. (Newcastle Chronicle). This was when the leaden
roofs, battlements, pinnacles and clerestory were removed to give
place to an enormous sweeping roof of blue slate.
The Act for inclosing lands in the manor of K. Lonsdale, comprising
some 1000 acres, was passed in 48 George III, c. 78.
14 April. Presentment that John Croft, stone mason, on 15
March with force and arms in and upon the principal street leading
through the town of K. Lonsdale, at the south end of a certain
messuage known as the Sun Inn, a certain wall made of stone containing in length from east to west 10 feet and 6 inches and in breadth
from north to south four feet 8 inches by him the said John Croft
erected and built, hath unlawfully encroached and continued to
encroach, by reason whereof the principal street and the way to the
parish church hath become and is greatly straightened. K. Indictment Book, 1809.
18 January. Certificate that a building at K. Lonsdale, now in the
possession of William Davis, is intended to be used for religious
worship by Protestant Dissenters; allowed. K. Indictment Book,
22 April. Order to inroll the Award of Edmund Tatham of Cantsfield, co. Lancs., gent, sole Commissioner appointed by Act of
Parliament intitled "An Act for enclosing lands in the Manor of K.
Lonsdale." Appleby Order Book.
10 September. Jackson's Hall sold by Richard Toulmin North to
Thomas Buttle, a well known land surveyor who had to do with
many of the local Inclosure Acts. Alex. Pearson, Material for an
account of K. Lonsdale.
11 July. Filed on the Rolls with a plan annexed an Order for
diverting and turning a road from the market town of K. Lonsdale
to the market town of Burton. K. Indict. Book, 1811–17.
22 April. Mr. Edward Tomlinson of Biggins, near K. Lonsdale,
appointed High Constable of Lonsdale Ward, in room of Mr. John
Hunter Cooke. K. Order Book, 1811–17.
15 July. On the Rolls of this Sessions is field a certificate setting
forth that a certain building adjoining the Back Lane in K. Lonsdale
is intended to be used as a Place of Worship for protestant dissenters
of the Independant denomination, which is hereby allowed. K.
Indict. Book, 1811–17.
14 October. Conviction of Alexander Tiplady and James Roper
both of K. Lonsdale, post masters, for letting out horses to draw
certain carriages without delivering the proper Stamp Office Ticket
to the persons hiring the same, in the mitigated penalty of £5 each.
20 July. In a specification for finishing the Market Place at the
top of Mill Brow, among the general items for paving, etc. we find
item 5 says that "the present Market Cross is to be taken down and
placed 8 feet from Mr. Hall's wall, the form and dimensions to be the
same and all imperfect stones to be supplied with new Docker Moor
stone"; and item 7 says "the present stocks to be taken up and to
be placed in such situation as the surveyor may appoint on or before
3rd Spetember. Alex. Pearson, Material for an account of K.
The large square opposite to Jackson's Hall (the present Royal Hotel)
was formed out of a portion of the Hall garden. In 1821 the New
Road was formed cutting through the site of the recently burnt down
Rose and Crown Inn that adjoined Jackson's Hall on the north side.
After the fire Mrs. Roper, the landlady, removed to the latter house
and rechristened it the Rose and Crown, which name it bore until
Queen Adelaide stayed the night here on 24 July, 1840, when the
Inn from this honour took the name of the Royal Hotel. On this
occasion Mr. Upton sent a fine dish of char, caught in Lilymere, for
the Queen's table. Ibid.
10 July. An order for diverting turning and widening a certain
footway from the public street of K. Lonsdale, and shown on annexed
plan, and for stopping up an old footway also therein shown. On
16 October it is certified that the new public footway is completed and
put into good condition. K. Indict. Book, 1817–24.
10 January. Three persons were convicted in 6d. and 5s. costs,
each, for assisting in making a bonfire on the evening of 5 November
last, within 80 feet of the centre of the turnpike, within the township
of K. Lonsdale; also another for wantonly letting off a firework
called a Squib; also two others for wantonly letting off a firework
called a Cracker, within 80 feet of the centre of the said turnpike road
K. Indictment Book, 1824–34.
15 January. The foundation stone of the new Underley Hall was
laid a few days ago by the owner Alexander Nowell, esq. It is nearly
on the site of the old house and Mr. Webster of Kendal is the architect.
Local Chron., 61.
8 January. Filed the certificate of Edward Tomlinson, Bridge
Master, that Kearstwick New Bridge is erected in a substantial and
commodious manner and in complete repair. K. Indict. Book,
17 July. Ordered that the north side of K. Lonsdale Bridge be
pointed with Roman Cement, in the same manner as the south side.
(K. Minute Book, 1825–38). The bridge consists of three arches, the
western and centre arches each being of 54 ft. 8 ins. span while the
eastern arch is only 27 ft. 9 ins. span. The whole bridge is 60 yards
long by 12 ft. 4 ins. wide between the parapets at the entrances,
narrowing down to 11 ft. 7 ins. in its centre. It is formed on four
massive ribs to each arch about 19 ins. apart, across which three
layers of flat stones have been placed to complete the covering.
The highest point of the parapet is some 45 ft. above the mean water
level. Alex. Pearson, Material for an account of K. Lonsdale.
24 September. Rev. john Hutton Fisher has been inducted into the
Vicarage of K. Lonsdale, vacant by the death of the Rev. Joseph
Sharpe. (Local Chron., 85). And on 19 October, 1840 he took and
subscribed the usual oaths and Declaration on qualifying as a Justice
of the Peace. K. Indict. Book, 1839–52.
January. Christopher Wilson, William Moore, William Gillison
Bell, Edward Tatham, Edward Wilson, Reginald Remington, Thomas
Upton and Pudsey Dawson, land owners in the Vale of Lune "hereby
declare our determined hostility to the proposed railway through the
Lune Valley and resolve to give that measure every opposition in our
power." K. Mercury.
9 April. Appeal of John Thornton against Matthew Bell and
Thomas Hodgson the Surveyors of the highways in K. Lonsdale
concerning a certain certificate bearing date 9th September, 1846,
for stopping up and diverting a public footway leading from the town
of K. Lonsdale to the village of Hutton Roof that commenced at a
stable of one Anthony Battersby Tomlinson at Higher Biggins and
extended in a westerly direction to a stile in the fence separating a
close of land called Lamb Flatt from a close of land of the same name
belonging to the Earl of Lonsdale, in length 920 yards from the said
stable. The jury say the proposed new footway was nearer than the
footway intended to be stopped and more commodious to the public
and that the said John Thornton would not be injured. Ordered that
the appeal be dismissed with costs against the appellant amounting
to £47 18s. 6d. K. Indict. Book, 1839–52.
9 April. Resolved that a sum, not exceeding £300 be granted for
the purchase of a site and the erection of a Lock-up at K. Lonsdale,
unless the justices of the Petty Sessional Division are of opinion that
some house should be converted into a sufficient Lock-up. K. Order
4 July. The eastern arch of K. Lonsdale Bridge is dilapidated.
Owing to the construction of the bridge which is one of the most
beautiful and most ancient in the County, the work will need considerable care. On the 17 October following it was reported that the
centres for the work were made. K. Minute Book, 1859–75.
18 November. Resolved that Mr. H. J. Stephens be and he is
hereby appointed engineer to make the preliminary survey and report
on the route of the proposed Light Railway from Kendal to Arkholme,
and that his remuneration for the same be fifteen guineas with additional outpocket expenses. (C.C. Minutes, 1898–99). On 10
March, 1899, the plans and report of Mr. Stephens together with an
estimate of the cost was submitted to the County Council. On 2 June
following it was reported that local support from Kendal had been
promised amounting to £3000 to £4000. Resolved that if financial
local support should be promised amounting to £10,000, the landowners should then be approached. C.C. Minutes, 1899–1900.