Hawkshead, Lancashire Genealogy

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Parish History

Hawkshead St Michael was an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Lancashire.

"HAWKSHEAD St Michael, a market-town and a parish, in the union of Ulverston, hundred of Lonsdale north of the Sands, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 28 miles north by northwest of Lancaster,  comprising the townships of Claife, Hawkshead, and Monk-Coniston with Skelwith, and the chapelry of Satterthwaite.

Here is a list of chapelries or chapels of ease built within the boundary of Hawkshead St Michael's Parish:

In the hamlet of Hawkshead Hill is a small place of worship for Baptists which began in 1709. Methodists also have a chapel, built around 1862, and Quakers by the year 1658 in Colthouse, 3-4 miles away.[1] 

Other places in the parish include: Borwick, Claife, Dale Park, Field Head, Gallowbarrow, Upper Claife, Grizedale, Hawkeshead with Monk Coniston and Skelwith, Henakin, Lower Claife, Monk Coniston and Skelwith, and Graythwaite.

To view a further historical summary of this ancient parish, visit this page with a more detailed overview on The Ancient Church of St Michael and All Saints (also see the footnote below).



The Family History Library's British collection has monumental transcriptions of Hawkshead parish and for the Society of Friends old burial ground.

Civil Registration of Births, Marriages & Deaths - 1837 to the Present

Read about England Civil Registration (vital records) of birth, marriages and deaths on the England main page.

Online Indexes

There are two separate (free) indexes available for Lancashire civil registration of births, marriages and deaths. One index covers all registrations nation-wide, and one index covers the copies of the local registration district office's certificate copies for all registration districts throughout Lancashire, as follows:

  • FreeBMD - an online (free) index to the certificates held at the General Registrar's Office, formerly in London, now in Solihull, Merseyside, UK. The years currently covered in this index include July, 1837 to at least 1940.
  • LancashireBMD - an online index (free) to the local superintendant's registrar of births, marriages and deaths for all registration districts throughout Lancashire, for the following range of years and their events: births 1837-1974; marriages 1837-2010; deaths 1837-1975.
  • Lancashire-OPC.org.uk provides numerous parish and chapel transcriptions online (free) for the post-1837 to 1910 period.


FamilySearch's Family History Library British collections holds the quarterly indexes of births, marriages and deaths from July, 1837 to 1983 in microform media.

Church Records

Hawkeshead parish registers have been mostly transcribed and published online at the following web sites:

- Hawkshead - Births/christenings 1568-1837; Marriages 1568-1706; 1754-1837

- Satterthwaite Chapelry: Christenings 1776-1812

- Hawkeshead St Michael: Bapts 1568-1864; Marrs 1568-1974; Burials 1568-1864

- Satterthwaite Chapelry:  Bapts - 1766-1903;  burials 1867-1905

- Brathay Chapelry: Bapts: 1837-1884; burials 1837-

Census records

The following web sites provide online census transcriptions with scanned images ($) for Hawkeshead Parish:



Poor Law Unions

Ulverston Poor Law Union,Lancashire

Probate records with indexes are available for Hawkshead Parish

Go to the Lancashire Probate Records and follow the step by step instructions to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction and search the records.

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Web sites

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  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 447-450. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=51016 Adapted. Date accessed: 01 July 2010.