The History and Antiquities of Allerdale Ward
The Ward of Allerdale above Derwent comprises the south-western portion of
the county of Cumberland, extending along the coast from Workington to Millom.
Its length from north to south is 35 miles, and its greatest breadth about 15
miles. It is bounded on the south, by the Duddon, which divides it from
Lancashire; on the west, by the Irish Sea; on the north, by the Derwent, which
divides it from Derwent Ward; and on the east, by Derwent Ward and Lancashire.
It forms part of the deanery of Copeland, in the archdeaconry of Richmond and
diocese of Chester. This ward is watered by the Derwent, the Duddon, the Esk,
the Calder, the Bleng, the Ehen or Enn, the Irt, and the Mite.
The 23 parishes comprising this ward are:
Each parish has a chapter devoted to its history and antiquities. Included are the manors of the parish, along with the manor's owners over the years. Included also, is usually a brief genealogy of the family owning the manor at the time of the writing. Further information can be found concerning the church, various features unique to the landscape of the parish, such as ports, etc.
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Cumberland, England Census Records
Along with this wonderful free manuscript, those interested in the genealogy of Allerdale Ward can view the following records online. Since the above manuscript covers a wide variety of parishes, I'm going to provide links direct to the census years for Cumberland County, and allow you to find the appropriate civil parish.
After separating census records into groups by county, the British Government subdivided these records into civil parish groups. Many times, but not always, the civil parish name is the same as the local ecclesiastical parish. Researchers should also be aware of boundary line or jurisdictional changes through time. These changes may affect where an ancestor was recorded on the census, so it remains important to search the parishes surrounding the area where your ancestor lived.