Cumbria Archive Service - Family, Estate and Personal records

These are records created by families and individuals during the course of their everyday private and working lives. The range of archives kept by local families is varied and extensive. However, typical records include diaries, wills, letters, photographs, pedigrees, genealogical notes, scrapbooks and household and personal accounts. They reflect many aspects of the personal, social, financial and business lives of the individuals and families concerned.

If family members served on local authorities or acted on behalf of parishes, schools, societies, charities and other official organisations then records relating to these activities may be mixed up with family papers. Records relating to the business or industrial interests of particular individuals and families can also be found.

Families that owned property may have kept title deeds to the family estates and a variety of records relating to the agricultural management or commercial use of the land. These are known as estate records and usually include accounts, rentals, leases, valuations and plans.

Manorial records may also be found amongst family papers or, more rarely, as a separate collection.

Some collections are not listed in detail and entries reflect the information available. Groups of records that have not been listed in detail may not necessarily be produced in the searchroom.  Please check with the appropriate Archive Centre.

Family, estate and personal records can also be found in solicitors' collections.

Links to online catalogues of holdings:

Aglionby family of the Nunnery, Armathwaite

Ainsworth family of the Flosh, Cleator and Harecroft Hall, Gosforth

Altham family of Penrith

Argles family of Levens

James Askew, OBE, of Workington

Bagot family of Levens Hall. Privately held archive. Catalogue and some records available on microfilm at Kendal Archives Centre

Baily family in Mardale

Ballantine Dykes family of Dovenby Hall, Bridekirk

Benson-Harrison family of Ambleside and Ulverston

Biggins estate, Kirkby Lonsdale

Bigland family of Bigland Hall, Backbarrow

Blencow family of Blencow Hall, Greystoke

Blewithwaite estate, Cartmel Fell

Clara Boyle of Ambleside, writer (papers unlisted)

Braithwaite family of Kendal (papers unlisted)

Manor of Broughton-in-Furness

Browne family of Townend, Troutbeck

Buccleugh estates, Furness

Butler-Cole family of Eskmeals, Bootle

Carleton Cowper family of Carleton Hall, Penrith  

Carus-Wilson family of Casterton

Chambre family (papers unlisted)

Collingwood family  (correspondence between descendants of WG Collingwood)

Crackanthorpe family of Newbiggin

Crewdson family of Kendal

R S Crosfield, sometime chairman of Westmorland County Council (papers unlisted) 

Curwen family of Workington Hall, Workington

Dalston-Ewbanke family of Stainmore

Dalton family of Eaglesfield

Mike Davies-Shiel, industrial archaeologist (see also WDX 1108, WDX 1220 at Kendal and DX 1158 at Carlisle)

Dent family of Flass, Maulds Meaburn

Dickinson family of Red How, Lamplugh

Dixon family of Rheda, Frizington

Ewart family of the Knowe, Bewcastle

Farrer family of Whitbarrow Lodge, Witherslack

Fletcher family of Tarnbank

Fleming family of Rydal Hall

Fletcher-Vane family, Lords Inglewood of Hutton, Hutton-in-the Forest

Ginson family of Whelprigg, Barbon

Graham family of Edmond Castle, Hayton

Graham family of Netherby Hall, Longtown

Graigner family of Ireby Grange, High Ireby

Joseph Hardman, photographer, of Kendal

Harrison-Beck family of Ravenstonedale

Heelis family of Appleby

Thomas Coulthard Heysham, natural historian, of Carlisle

Hothfield of Appleby Castle

Howard family of Corby Castle, Great Corby

Howard family of Greystoke Castle, Greystoke

Howard family of Naworth

Sir Esme Howard (later Lord Howard of Penrith), diplomat

Hudleston family of Hutton John, Greystoke

Inglis family of Dalston

Godfrey and Barbara Iredell of Woodlands, Braithwaite

James family of Barrock Park, Low Hesket

Eileen Jones - Personal papers concerning Ethel Hedley Hospital in the 1950s 

Kennedy family of Crosby House, Crosby-on-Eden

Col. George Kinmont of Beacon Hill, Penrith

Lamplugh family of Lamplugh Hall, Lamplugh

Lawson family of Brayton Hall, Aspatria

Lewthwaite family of Broadgate, Thwaites, Millom (records at Barrow Archives)

Lewthwaite family of Broadgate, Thwaites, Millom (records at Whitehaven Archives)

Lindow family of Cleator

Lowther family, Earls of Lonsdale

Catherine E Marshall, suffragist, pacifist and feminist, of Hawse End, Keswick

Metcalfe-Ginson family of Ravenstonedale

Mounsey-Heysham family of Castletown, Rockcliffe

Musgrave family of Eden Hall, Edenhall (records at Carlisle Archives)

Musgrave family of Eden Hall, Edenhall (records at Kendal Archives)

John Musgrave, solicitor and businessman of Wasdale Hall, Netherwasdale

National Trust (records at Carlisle Archives)

National Trust (records at Kendal Archives)

Palmen family of Newbarns, Barrow-in-Furness

Parker family of Warwick Hall, Skirwith Abbey and Newbiggin Hall

Pattinson family of Cumberland

W H Pearsall, Professor of Botany

Pennington-Ramsden family of Muncaster Castle, Muncaster

Ponsonby family of Haile Hall

H Proctor-Gregg, Emeritus Professor of Music, Manchester University and Windermere

Pumphrey family of Preston Patrick

Rickerby House estate, Rickerby, Carlisle

Robertson-Walker family of Gilgarran, Distington

Salkeld family of Hawkesdale Hall, Dalston

Senhouse family of Netherhall, Maryport

Patricius Senhouse of the Fitz, Cockermouth

William Tyson Shaw, mining engineer of Keswick

Shaw End Estate, Patton

Sheffield family of Broadfield, Southwaite

Sherwen family of Gosforth and Eskdale

Stanley family of Dalegarth, Eskdale

Stanley family of Witherslack

Strickland family of Sizergh Castle. Privately held collection (no access available through Kendal Archive Centre).

Anne and Alec Swailes

Thexton and Yeats family of Beetham

Thompson family of Farlam Hall, Farlam

Underley Hall estate, Kirkby Lonsdale

Alfred Wainwright, guidebook author and illustrator

Wakefield family of Kendal

Walton family of Alston

Warwick family of Warwick Hall, Warwick-on-Eden

Wilson family of Dallam Tower, Beetham

Harold Crewdson Wilson of Kendal

Lord Wilson of High Wray

Wilson family of Rigmaden, Kirkby Lonsdale

Wybergh family of Welton

Wyndham family, Earls of Egremont of Cockermouth Castle, Cockermouth.  Privately held collection (no access available through Cumbria Archive Centres).

Yeates family of Kendal