Hawkshead, Lancashire Genealogy

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Guide to Hawkshead, Lancashire ancestry, family history, and genealogy: parish register transcripts, census records, birth records, marriage records, and death records.

Hawkshead, Lancashire
Hawkshead Church Lancashire.jpg
Type Ancient Parish
Civil Jurisdictions
Hundred Lonsdale
County Lancashire
Poor Law Union Ulverston
Registration District Ulverstone
Records begin
Parish registers: 1568
Bishop's Transcripts: 1689
Ecclesiastical Jurisdictions
Rural Deanery Furness and Cartmel
Diocese Chester
Legal Jurisdictions
Probate Court Court of the Bishop (Consistory) of the Commissary of the Archdeaconry of Richmond Western Deaneries
Location of Archive
Lancashire Record Office

Parish History[edit | edit source]

HAWKSHEAD (St Michael), a market-town and a parish, in the union of Ulverston, hundred of Lonsdale north of the Sands, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 28 miles north by northwest of Lancaster, comprising the townships of Claife, Hawkshead, and Monk-Coniston with Skelwith, and the chapelry of Satterthwaite. Other places in the parish include: Borwick, Claife, Dale Park, Field Head, Gallowbarrow, Upper Claife, Grizedale, Hawkeshead with Monk Coniston and Skelwith, Henakin, Lower Claife, Monk Coniston and Skelwith, and Graythwaite. In the hamlet of Hawkshead Hill is a small place of worship for Baptists which began in 1709. Methodists also have a chapel, built around 1862, and Quakers by the year 1658 in Colthouse, 3-4 miles away.[1]

Here is a list of chapelries or chapels of ease built within the boundary of Hawkshead St Michael's Parish (as of 1848; see "Church Records" below for others):

To view a further historical summary of this ancient parish, visit The Ancient Church of St Michael and All Saints page (also see the footnote below).

Records Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library's British collection has monumental transcriptions of Hawkshead parish and for the Society of Friends old burial ground.

Census[edit | edit source]

Census records from 1841 to 1911 are available online. For access, see England Census Records and Indexes Online. Census records from 1841 to 1891 are also available on film through a Family History Center or at the Family History Library.

Civil Registration of Births, Marriages & Deaths - 1837 to the Present[edit | edit source]

Read about England Civil Registration (vital records) of birth, marriages and deaths on the England main page.

Online Indexes

There are two separate (free) indexes available for Lancashire civil registration of births, marriages and deaths. One index covers all registrations nation-wide, and one index covers the copies of the local registration district office's certificate copies for all registration districts throughout Lancashire, as follows:

  • FreeBMD - an online (free) index to the certificates held at the General Registrar's Office, formerly in London, now in Solihull, Merseyside, UK. The years currently covered in this index include July, 1837 to at least 1940.
  • LancashireBMD - an online index (free) to the local superintendant's registrar of births, marriages and deaths for all registration districts throughout Lancashire, for the following range of years and their events: births 1837-1974; marriages 1837-2010; deaths 1837-1975.
  • Lancashire-OPC.org.uk provides numerous parish and chapel transcriptions online (free) for the post-1837 to 1910 period.


FamilySearch's Family History Library British collections holds the quarterly indexes of births, marriages and deaths from July, 1837 to 1983 in microform media.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Online Records[edit | edit source]

Hawkeshead parish registers have been mostly transcribed and/or indexed and published online at the following web sites:

AC = Ancestry.co.uk (£)
FMP = findmypast (£)
FREG = FreeReg
FS = FamilySearch.org
LBMD = LancashireBMD.org.uk
LOPC = Lancashire Online Parish Clerk

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1568-1901 1568-1706; 1754-1899 None
LOPC 1568-1864 1568-1974 1568-1864
LBMD None None None
FMP None 1568-1837 None
AC 1568-1837 1568-1837 1568-1837
FREG 1569-1662, 1705-1837 1568-1837 1568-1837
SATTERTHWAITE ALL SAINTS Chapelry (1776) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1776-1899  None 1867-1905
LOPC 1766-1903 None 1867-1905
AC Various Yrs Various Yrs Var. Yrs
BRATHAY HOLY TRINITY Chapelry (1837) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1837-1885 1856 (only) 1838-1884
LOPC 1837-1884 1856 (only) 1837-1884
AC None None None
FINSTHWAITE Chapelry (1776) Indexes

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1726-1882 1727-1901 None
LOPC 1726-1840
AC Various Yrs
Various Yrs
Various Yrs
LOW WRAY ST MARGARET Chapelry (1856) Indexes  

Baptisms Marriages Burials
FS 1742-1829 1866;1873-1901 None
LOPC None 1866-1977 None
AC None None None
SAWREY ST PETER Chapelry (1870) Indexes

FS 1870-1902


FamilySearch has microfilm copies of the original Bishop's transcripts and/or parish registers for all three churches (above).

Non Conformist Records[edit | edit source]

Poor Law Unions
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Ulverston Poor Law Union,Lancashire

Probate records with indexes are available for Hawkshead Parish
[edit | edit source]

Go to the Lancashire Probate Records and follow the step by step instructions to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction and search the records.

Taxation[edit | edit source]

  • 1665-1667 - Lancashire Hearth Tax: Lonsdale Hundred, Hawkshead. E 179/132/352, The National Archives. Microfilm: FHL Film 2228692. Also includes Graythwaite.

Maps and Gazetteers
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Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lewis, Samuel A., A Topographical Dictionary of England (1848), pp. 447-450. Adapted. Date accessed: 14 October 2013.