Burton in Kendal  Westmorland


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Burton in Kendal like this:

BURTON-IN-KENDAL, a small town and a township in Kirkby-Lonsdale district, Westmoreland; and a parish in the same district, but partly in Lancashire. The town stands adjacent to the Kendal canal, 1½ mile E of Burton and Holme r. station, near Farlton-Knot, 10 miles NNE of Lancaster. It is well built; contains a market-place, with handsome stone cross; has a head post office,‡ (designated Burton, Westmoreland,) two chief inns, a parish church, three other places of worship, and a grammar school; and is a seat of petty sessions. ...

The church is an ancient edifice, with side chapels and a square tower; and was recently restored. A weekly market is held on Tuesday; and fairs on Easter Monday and 10 Oct. The township includes also the hamlet of Clawthorpe. Acres, 1,437. Real property, £3,807. Pop., 751. Houses, 152. The parish contains likewise the townships of Holme, Preston-Patrick, and Dalton, and part of the hamlet of Holmescales. Acres, 8,768. Real property, £12,835. Pop., 2,118. Houses, 396. The property is much subdivided. Preston-Patrick Hall, once the seat of the Prestons, is now a farm house. Considerable part of the land is reclaimed bog. Sulphate of strontium is found. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Carlisle. Value, £199.* Patrons, Simeon's Trustees. The chapelries of Holme and Preston-Patrick are separate benefices. The grammar school has an endowed income of £27, and other charities have £140. Dr. L. Dawes, Dr. G. Langbaine, Dr. W. Lancaster, and several other literary men of the time of Charles I., were natives; and William Cockin, the arithmetician and poet, was interred in the churchyard.

Burton in Kendal through time

Burton in Kendal is now part of South Lakeland district. Click here for graphs and data of how South Lakeland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Burton in Kendal itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Burton in Kendal, in South Lakeland and Westmorland | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 16th April 2024

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