6 October. The highway from Sedgwick to K. Kendall, from
Middle Lawkrigg in Natland to land adjoining Watercrook, is in great
decay and ought to be repaired by the inhabitants of Natland.
K. Indict. Book, 1669–1692
10 October. Order for the repair of a foot bridge called Natland
Bridge which is fallen down and not passable. K. Indict Book,
15 January. Presentment that Hawes Bridge is in decay; Order
for an estimate of the charge of repair. Ibid.
18 January. Order to the high constables to view Hawes Bridge
over the River Kent, it being a public bridge, and to speedily contract
with workmen for the effectual repair thereof. K. Order Book,
21 April. Presentment that the public bridge, called Hawes
Bridge, is out of repair, the ledges on both sides being broken down,
by the late flood, for the length of 8 or 9 yards. Order to the high
constables to view and repair the same. K. Indict. Book, 1692–1724.
6 October. Presentment by John Archer, esqr., that the highway
leading from Pottbeck to Oxen Holme is very ruinous; order for
repair before 1 December, by the inhabitants under pain of £10
fine. Kendal Order Book, 1696–1724.
7 October. Presentment that the highway from Great Shedlings
(Gate Settlings) to Hellern (Helm) End and thence to Barwis Green
is in great decay. K. Indictment Book, 1692–1724.
15 January. In pursuance of an order made at this General
Quarter Sessions, for the high constable to view the common highways
in Kendal Ward and to make a report of the state and condition of
the same. Benjamin Browne reported that the way from Natland
Milnbeck to the Sinkfalls is the most part of it very narrow and the
wood covers it very much, especially thorn and hazel; and the way
from the said Milnbeck to Natland and from thence to Sedgwick is
likewise very narrow and much covered with thorn and hazel.
Browne MSS., vol. i, n. 220.
12 January. Order to the two high constables to view Hawes
Bridge which is out of repair and report at the next Sessions.
K. Order Book, 1725–37.
10 October. Presentment that the King's highway, a quarter
and a half a mile respectively in Natland and Stainton is in decay and
ought to be repaired a quarter of a mile thereof by Natland and the
residue by Stainton. Rough Minute Book, 1733–37.
4 December. John Archer, doctor of physic and one of his
majesty's justices of the Peace for the county, died at Oxenholme.
"He was a worthy man, an honor to his profession, an impartial
magistrate, an amiable friend, a delight to his acquaintance, an
happiness to his country." Memento mori, published by Thomas
26 October. Application of the surveyor of highways within the
township of Natland setting forth that the highways are greatly out of
repair and that the 6 days labour is insufficient to effectually repair
the same; it is ordered that an assessment of 6d. in the pound be
levied upon the several inhabitants, owners and occupiers and in case
of refusal or non payment 10 days after demand thereof, it shall be by
distress and sale of goods etc. K. Order Book, 1750–60.
6 October. Presentment that from time whereof the memory of
man is not to the contrary, there was and yet is a certain ancient and
common King's highway leading between the market towns of
K. Kendale and Milnthorpe, (via Natland and Sedgwick) and that
a certain part thereof beginning at Natland Mill Beck in the township
of Natland containg in length half a mile and in breadth 8 feet was and
yet is very ruinous etc., and that the inhabitants of Natland ought
to repair the same. (K. Indictment Book, 1750–60). Ordered that
the inhabitants be fined £20 if the said highway is not well and
sufficiently repaired before the next Sessions. (Ibid). On 18 January,
1754, the inhabitants produced a certificate that the highway was well
and sufficiently repaired and received a discharge on the indictment.
4 October. Presentment that Hawes Bridge is one of the public
bridges and that it and the 300 feet of the road at each end is in great
decay and ought to be repaired at the public expense of the county.
K. Indictment Book, 1780–97.
The authority for the justices taking over the maintenance of
certain bridges and the 300 foot of approach to the same is derived from
the statute of 22 Henry VIII, c.5; wherein they were required to hear
and determine in the King's General Sessions of Peace, of all manner of
annoyances of bridges broken in the highways to the damage of the
King's liege people, and to make process and pains against such who
ought to repair the same. And where it cannot be known and proved
who ought of right to make such reformation, by reason whereof such
decayed bridges for lack of knowledge lie long without any amendment, be it enacted that in every such case the said bridges, if they
be without City or Town Corporate, shall be made and amended by the
inhabitants of the Shire within the which the said bridge decayed
shall happen to be. And the justices shall have power to tax and set
every inhabitant to such reasonable aid and sum of money as they
shall think convenient and sufficient for the repairing, re-edifying
and amendment of such bridges; and they shall also have power to
name and appoint two surveyors which shall see every such decayed
bridge repaired from time to time as often as need shall require.
And further be it enacted that the justices shall have the same power
to make, repair and amend such part and portion of the highways
as lie next adjoining to every of the ends of such bridges, distant from
any of the said ends by the space of 300 foot.
12 January. Order with a plan annexed for diverting and turning
a certain part of the highway leading from Natland towards and unto
Hawes Bridge. (K. Indict. Book, 1817–24). Also for diverting the
highway from K. Kendale towards and unto Natland and also a part
of the highway leading from and out of the same at or near Natland
Mill Beck towards and unto the turnpike road leading from Heron
Syke to K. Kendal. Ibid.
10 January. Thomas Mackreth, perpetual curate of Natland,
took the oaths of allegiance, supremacy and abjuration, made the
declaration against Transubstantiation and subscribed the same
according to law. K. Indict. Book, 1817–24.
29 November. The first stone of a new chapel at Natland has been
laid. (Local Chron. 56). It was consecrated by Dr. Blomfield,
bishop of Chester in August 1825. Ibid 63.
7 January. Joseph Fawcett, curate of Natland, took the usual
oaths as above. K. Indict. Book, 1824–34.
20 October. The Rev. Edward Bannerman took the usual oaths,
on his appointment to the curacy of Natland. K. Minute Book,
In an Act (35 Vict., c. 87) for conferring additional powers on the
London and North-Western Railway Co., leave was given to make a
new road, instead of the existing level crossing at Oxenholme station,
commencing from and out of the turnpike road leading from Kendal
to K. Lonsdale at a point thereon 30 yards west of the point where
that road crosses the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway on the level, and
terminating by a junction with the same road at a point thereon 110
yards or thereabouts east of the said level crossing. They may stop
up and discontinued as a turnpike road or public highway and appropriate to the purposes of their undertaking so much of the beforementioned existing turnpike road as extends for a distance of 5 yards
on each side of the Railway.
In an Act (41 Vict. c. 181) for conferring further powers on the
London and North-Western Railway Co., leave was given to acquire
certain lands, houses and buildings lying on both sides of and adjoining the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway at the Oxenholme station on
that railway. And certain other lands in the township of Natland
lying on the west side of and adjoining the said railway, 400 yards or
thereabouts south of the said station.