Flookburgh, Lancashire Genealogy

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Flookburgh St John the Baptist

Chapelry History

Flookburgh St John the Baptist was created as a chapel of ease from  Cartmel, Lancashire Ancient Parish. See also List of Chapelries in Cartmel Parish

Flookburgh is an ancient village on the Cartmel peninsula in Lancashire. Being close to Morecambe Bay, fishing plays a big part in its village life. Cockle and shrimp fishermen still venture out onto the sands every day, nowadays using specially adapted tractors.

The famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding is made in Flookburgh.

[Flookburgh or] HOLKER, LOWER, a township, in the parish of Cartmel, union of Ulverston, hundred of Lonsdale north of the Sands, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 1¾ mile (S. W.) from Cartmel; containing 1070 inhabitants. This township is chiefly distinguished for the Hall to which it gives name. In the time of Elizabeth the house was the family mansion of the Prestons, from whom it passed to the Lowthers, and from them to the Cavendish family, the present owners. Many picturesque objects are seen hence; the woody hills of Conishead Priory, the shipping in the port of Ulverston, the capacious bay of Morecambe to the south, and Cartmel Fell towering to the north, enrich and dignify the scene. Flookborough, in the township, now a small village, was formerly a market-town: a large part of the marshes below this village has been embanked, but ineffectually, for, in the course of a few years more than 200 acres have been washed away by the heavy surfs of Morecambe bay. At Flookborough is a chapel, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, which has been enlarged with 170 sittings: the living is a perpetual curacy, with a net income of £121, and in the patronage of the Earl of Burlington.

From: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 527-530. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51037 Date accessed: 30 June 2010.


Civil Registration

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Poor Law Unions

Ulverston Poor Law Union,Lancashire

Probate records

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.

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