Finsthwaite, Lancashire Genealogy
Finsthwaite St Peter was created a chapel of ease in 1724 from Colton, Lancashire Ecclesiastical Parish.
Finsthwaite is a small village in the South Lakeland District,since 1974 in the county of Cumbria. It is located near the Furness Fells and Lake Windermere.
The present church was a replacement built in 1873-4, to a design by Paley and Austin, in slate and sandstone.
"FINSTHWAITE, a parochial chapelry, in the parish of Coulton, union of Ulverston, hundred of Lonsdale north of the Sands, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 8½ miles (N. E. by N.) from Ulverston. It is bounded on the north-east by the outlet of Windermere lake. The living is a perpetual curacy; net income, £76; patrons, the Landowners. The chapel, dedicated to St. Peter, was consecrated and made parochial in 1725; it has been enlarged, and 30 free sittings provided. There is a small endowment for a school, by James Dixon, in 1729."
From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis(1848), pp. 235-238. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=50963 Date accessed: 30 June 2010.
Birth, marriages and deaths were kept by the government, from July 1837 to the present day. The civil registration article tells more about these records. There are several Internet sites with name lists or indexes. A popular site is FreeBMD.
Lancashire Online Parish Clerks
An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/
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Poor Law Unions
Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Lancashire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.
Maps and Gazetteers
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