This interactive map is the main portal for accessing current information on the histories of individual places within Cumbria.
The map above shows the pre-1974 counties of Cumberland and Westmorland, divided into their "Wards" - and those parts of the former counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire now included within the county of Cumbria.
Click anywhere within a ward's boundaries, and a pop-up will appear with a list of townships/parishes. These are the Civil Parishes as they existed around 1900. Click on a name, and you will be taken to the page for that place.
Alternatively, you can find infomation about a place through this alphabetical TOWNSHIP LIST
If you would like to embark on researching the history of a particular place for the project, please get in touch with Volunteer Co-ordinator Dr Sarah Rose via the Contact Us page. Full training and support will be given.
If you spot something that you think is wrong in one of the Digests, and have evidence to back up what you say, please let us know via the Contact Us page.
Design and development of this map and its associated content was made possible through the assistance of grants from the Marc Fitch Fund and from E H Booth & Co Ltd.
The CCHT Data Bank
The CCHT Data Bank is divided into Places and Themes.
Each of the 344 Places (villages, townships or parishes) of Cumbria has a webpage to itself. On that page you will find a "Jubilee Digest", a brief single-page summary of the history of the place (for information about how these were compiled, click here). In time full Victoria County Histories of each place will be posted - but this will take time, possibly many years to complete. In the meantime, some draft Full Township Histories are available HERE
Other source material, such as a gallery of photos, transcriptions of documents, links to other websites, a bibliography, anf and 'work in progress' towards the full Victoria County History of the parish or township will be added from time to time.
The Places section is under development. In time, you will find information there on cross-cutting themes involving the history of all parts of the county - for example on the railway system, or mining, or village halls, or the geology and landscape of the Cumbria.
Keep up to date with our weekly digest of updates to the information on the Cumbria County History Trust website.