Broughton in Furness, Lancashire Genealogy

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Broughtin-in-Furness St Mary Magdalene

Chapelry History

Broughton in Furness St Mary Magdalene is a chapelry of  Kirkby Ireleth, Lancashire Ancient Parish in Lancashire.

Broughton-in-Furness is a small town on the southern boundary of England's Lake District National Park. It is located in the Furness region of Cumbria that was part of Lancashire before 1974. It lies near the River Duddon, just inland from the West Cumbrian coastal village of Foxfield.

Broughton is mentioned in the Domesday Book as one of the townships forming the Manor of Hougun held by Earl Tostig. Dating from around the eleventh century, the original settlement grew to become the local market town for both fishing and agriculture. The central obelisk in the town square was constructed to mark the Jubilee of King George III in 1810.

"BROUGHTON-in-Furness, a market-town and chapelry, [as of 1634] in the parish of Kirby-Ireleth, union of Ulverston, hundred of Lonsdale north of the Sands, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 29 miles (N.W.) from Lancaster, and 270 (N. W. by N.) from London; containing 1250 inhabitants. The town is situated on the southern declivity of a gentle eminence, and is in the form of a square; the houses are built of stone, and roofed with blue slate. In the centre of it is a spacious square area, the ground for forming which was given by John Gilpin, Esq., and in which his widow erected a handsome lofty obelisk. Previously to the introduction of machinery, the spinning of woollen-yarn prevailed to a considerable extent in private houses: the making of brush-stocks and hoops at present furnishes employment to many of the inhabitants, particularly the latter, from the number and extent of the coppices on Furness Fells. There was formerly a very extensive tract of uncultivated land called Broughton Common, nearly all of which is now inclosed. The surrounding country is very mountainous, abounding with mines of iron and copper ore, and with slate-quarries; a great quantity of slate is shipped at Dudden Sands, for conveyance coastwise. Iron, grain, malt, oak-bark, and hoops, are also sent from the same spot, in vessels averaging about 60 tons' burthen; and from a place about half a mile below Dudden Bridge, in vessels of 25 tons' burthen, for which the estuary is navigable at the flow of the tide. An act was passed in 1846 for extending the Furness railway to this place. The market is on Wednesday: fairs are held on April 27th and August 1st, for horned-cattle, and on the 6th of October, for horned-cattle and sheep; those in April and October, are likewise statute-fairs for the hiring of servants, and all are much frequented by the clothiers from Yorkshire. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £108; patron, J. Sawrey, Esq.; appropriators, the Dean and Chapter of York, whose tithes were commuted for land in 1828. The chapel is dedicated to St. Mary Magdalene. Edward Taylor, by will dated in 1784, bequeathed £100, on condition that £60 should be raised by subscription, for the benefit of a grammar school."

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 409-412. URL: Date accessed: 25 June 2010.


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Church records

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Microfilm of original manuscripts in the Cumbria Record Office, Kendal.
Record contains burials, 1662-1686, marriages, 1663-1677, burials, 1667-1694, baptisms, marriages, burials, (transcript), 1662-1694, baptisms, marriages, burials, 1689-1753, baptisms, burials, 1754-1812, marriages, 1696-1697, baptisms, 1813-1901, marriages, 1754-1915, burials, 1813-1901, banns, 1824-1901.
The chapelry of Broughton-in-Furness is in the parish of Ulverston.
Cumbria Record Office no.: BPR/6/I1/1-2, I2/1-2, I3/1-3, I4/1-2, I6/1

Parish registers FHL BRITISH Film 1471921 Items 3-12

Bishop's transcripts for Broughton-in-Furness Microfilm of original records in the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.

Baptisms 1673-1677, 1694-1877; marriages 1673- 1677, 1694-1870; burials 1673-1677, 1694-1876. FHL BRITISH Film 1040308
Baptisms, burials, 1877-1896. FHL BRITISH Film 1040309 Item 1
The registers of the parish church of Kirkby-in-Furness, in the county of Lancaster baptisms, 1701-1812; burials, 1681-1812; marriages, 1728-1754
transcribed by Henry Brierley
Brierley, Henry 1846-1933, Dickinson, Robert Daniels, M. B.
Church of England. Parish Church of Kirkby-Ireleth (Lancashire), (
publications: Rochdale [Lancashire] : Lancashire Parish Register Society, 1911-c1988
subject class: 942.72 K29
Vol. 43 is a photocopy of original publication.

Vol. 127 title varies: The register of the parish of Kirkby Ireleth / transcribed and edited by Canon E. C. Whitaker and Phyllis Tyson ; indexed by W. D. and Mrs. J Knipe.

Vol. 43 With: The registers of the parish church of Torver, near Conistpn, 1599-1792. Printed Rochdale for the Lancashire Parish Register Society by James Clegg.

Vol. 127 With: The registers of the chapel of Ireth / transcribed and edited by Robert Dickinson ; indexed by M. B. Daniels.

Contents: Vol. 43. Baptisms, 1701-1812; burials, 1681-1812; marriages, 1728-1754. -- Vol. 127. baptisms, 1813-1837; marriages, 1754-1837; burials, 1813-1837.

Includes indexes.

Vol. 127 was printed in Newport, Shropshire for the Lancashire Parish Register Society by Advertiser Printing Works, c1988.

Kirkby-in-Furness known as Kirkby-Ireleth.

Vol. 43 Also on microfilm. Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1969. on 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm. FHL BRITISH Film 599511 Item 3
Vol. 43 also on microfiche. Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1998. 4 microfiches. FHL BRITISH Fiche 6142639
Vol. 127 Also on microfiche. Salt Lake City : Fil the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1998. 1998. 5 microfiches. FHL BRITISH Fiche 6142722

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Poor Law Unions

Ulverston Poor Law Union,Lancashire

Probate records

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