The boundaries of the Manor of Beetham are set out as follows:—
Begin at Brieryam (Bryram), from thence (westerly) to Challan Ings,
thence to Halehead, thence to the high nook of Sandubb and from
thence to Leave Brigg. Then to Wymeadow and to Middlebarrow
nook (and along the wall to its end at the Sands then by the shore)
to the Yew Rake Style (in Arnside), then to Sleaty Holm (Saddle
in Holme Island, then by another direct line to a place called) the
Red Well Bleath (in Blawith on the west shore thence by the shore
except where the Castle Head Poo leaves the shore above the Red Well
in such case the boundary goes from the line from the Seatle or
Saddle to the Red Well by the Castle Head Poo to where it leaves the
sand or the shore the boundary leaves the boundary of Lancashire
and proceeds along the north shore to where the Black Dyke in
Foulshaw opposite the Staveley Stone against White Well in
Whitbarrow, thence by a straight line across the Bay to the Standing
Stone on the south shore). Thence to Stephlin Gate (Stephen Gate),
then to Crabtree acre then to Hogherd (Hoggarth's) Garden nook,
then to Abbs Well (Abbey or St. John's), then to Whassett Yeat, then
to Newlands nook, then Weychelt (Wyethet), then to Rowkellet Well,
then to Hale Field Gate and thus to Brieryam Gate. Beetham
Repository, pp. 75, 84, 85.
On 6 November, 1369, William de Duresme was presented to the
church of Beetham by the abbot and convent of St. Mary's (Reg. Arch.
of Richmond, Yorks. Arch. Society., vol. 25, p. 175). William had
a licence of non-residence on 5 September, 1372 (Reg. Thoresby, f. 294).
Then followed Thomas Bryan who subsequently removed to Kendal,
and on 15 July, 1439, Thomas Gedney was presented by the abbot
and convent, vacant by the resignation of Thomas Bryan. (Reg. Arch.
of Richmond). On 3 November, 1441, Hugh Packenham was presented by the abbot and convent on the resignation of Thomas Gedney.
On the 23rd of the same month Thomas Gedney was again presented
on the resignation of Hugh Packenham. Hugh's short tenure of the
church was probably in order to qualify for some other post or
2 October. An indulgence was granted to visitors and others who
shall say on their knees the Lord's Prayer, the Angelic Salutation, etc.,
before the image of St. Sithe in the southern part of the church of
Beetham, "vbi populi multitudo singulis annis causa deuocionis
veneracionisque ipsius sancte Sithe virginis confluit et accedit,"
and who shall contribute to the finding and maintenance of a chaplain
at the altar of St. Sithe. Yorks. Arch. Journal, vol. 25, p. 229.
The church of Beetham was granted by charter of 8 October, 1459,
by the abbot and convent of St. Mary's to the feoffees of the chantry
of Jesus and Our Lady in the church of Eccles, and a Crown licence for
the feoffees to alienate the advowson to the chantry priests and for
these to appropriate, was issued 1 December following. (Records of
Kendale, II, 228). The decree of appropriation was made by archbishop William Bothe on 19 June, 1460, when the rector was one
Master John Sendale. Reg. W. Bothe, ff. 253–255.
Rural Deanery of Kendall. Vicarage of the Church of Beethome.
Rectory appropriated to the Chantry in the names of Jesus and St.
Mary of Eccles. James Bruche, incumbent.
The aforesaid Vicarage is worth in
|Mansion with garden appropriated to the same per annum
|Annual Rectorial pension in coin
|Reprisals to wit. Procurations
|And Clear Value
|A tenth part whereof
Valor Ecclesiasticus, vol. 5, p. 268.
In 1624 Sir Francis Ducket farmer for the vicar Edward Fisher
paid £2 8s. 0d. subsidy. For the three years 1634 to 1636 Edward
Fisher as Vicar promised to contribute (blank) yearly toward the
repair of St. Paul's Cathedral. In 1639 contributions were received
from the clergy in aid of the war against the Scots, to which
Edward Fisher paid nothing, he being "a Scot." Lanc. and Cheshire
Record Society, vol. XII, pp. 82, 96, 124.
10 March. William Moone or Mohun was instituted vicar on
June 10, 1644, and in the Westmorland Certificate he is described as
"a very weake and unable minr" He was still at the Vicarage in
1648. Nightingale, The Ejected of 1662, ii, 984.
24 April. The following being suspected persons, have neglected
or refused to make and subscribe the Declaration and take the oaths:
Thomas Bradley, William Bradley and Ann his wife, Jasper Bouskell
and Ralph Bouskell, in Beetham. K. Indictment Book, 1692–1724.
14 July. William Jackson, vicar of Beathom, signed the antiJacobite "Association" formed throughout the Kingdom for the
protection of William III. K. Indictment Book, 1692–1724.
9 October. The highway, in Beathome and Haile, leading from
Beathome to Arkenthwaite (Paradise Lane) being in great decay;
the inhabitants were fined 1s. Ibid.
21 April. Judgment set aside on appeal against James Kellet at
the complaint of William Jackson, vicar of Bethome, for some
pretended arrears of tithes and small dues, which appeal Jackson did
not defend. K. Order Book, 1696–1724.
16 January. Beetham Bridge is presented as ruinous and in
decay: Order for the Chief Constable to call some sufficient workmen
to view the said bridge and give an estimate for its repair on 14
February, and that Josiah Burrow and John Johnson be viewers.
(K. Order Book, 1696–1724). On 17 April following it was reported
that John Cort of Borwick, Rowland Walker of Strickland and
Thomas Taylor of Kendall have severally offered to repair Beetham
Bridge and Milthrop Bridge, being public bridges in decay, for £20.
It is referred to Edward Wilson, Esq., and Mr. William Johnson
to select the best workmen of the three and to meet at Dallam
Tower on Friday next to make an agreement. Ibid.
14 January. Petition of the inhabitants of Beethome, that the
highway adjoining the bridge at Beathome, being about 50 yards in
length and 3 yards in breadth is much out of repair and that passengers
are in great danger; Order that the two high constables, Mr. William
Johnson and James Bland, view, measure and report their opinion
thereof. K. Order Book, 1696–1724.
14 January. Presentment that Beathom Bridge is out of repair;
order that the chief constable view the same and cause it to be
repaired. K. Order Book, 1696–1724.
11 July. Order to the chief constable of Kendal Ward to view and
repair Beetham, Sampay and Hang bridges. K. Indictment Book,
9 April. Presentment that Beetham Bridge and Hang Bridge are
very dangerous, order to the high constable to view and contract.
(K. Order Book, 1696–1724.) In the specification four pillars or
Jewells (fn. 1) are mentioned as supporting Beetham Bridge. Browne
MSS., vol. ii, n. 42.
26 November. Warrant from Daniel Wilson, John Archer, John
Fisher and Anthony Askew for search to be made for George Hilton,
Esq., of Beetham, who was concerned in the late Rebellion and who
has made his escape since the defeat of the rebels at Preston. Hist.
MSS. Com., 10th Rep. 348.
One-third of the Parsonage house of Beetham was held in trust by
William Sandford of Askham and Timothy Banks of Skipton, for
William Gandy, Anne Gandy his sister and their infant brothers
James and Anthony, all four being children of William and Eleanor
Gandy; valued at £26 5s. English Catholic Nonjurors of 1715.
13 January. Rowland Dowker of Beathom, yeoman, bound over
in £100, with Thomas Johnson of Hoss Flatt and John Dickinson of
Beathom, yeomen, his sureties, in £50 each, to appear at the next
Assizes to answer such matters as shall be objected against him for
furnishing the Rebels with arms. K. Indictment Book, 1692–1724.
29 April. Thomas Braben of Beathom, gent., indicted for obstructing, by fence, a footpath leading from a place called Haile to the
parish church of Beathom, fined 6d. Ibid.
Order for the high constable to view the public bridge, called
Beetham Bridge. K. Order Book, 1696–1724.
15 January. In pursuance of an Order made at this Sessions,
Benjamin Browne, the high constable, reported that the way from
Holme to the Hang Bridge and from thence to Ackenthwaite Green
was in several places narrow and much covered with thorn and hazel.
Browne MSS., vol. i, n. 220.
14 January. Order to the high constable to view the public
bridge called Hang Bridge on the highway between Milthrop and
Burton and report. (K. Order Book, 1725–37). On 21 April
following an order was issued to contract for the repair of Hang
Beetham Bridge was widened. Beetham Repository, 95.
5 October. Daniel Wilson, vicar of Betholme, co. Westmorland,
took the oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy and the oath of Abjuration and made the Declaration against Transubstantiation and
subscribed the same according to Law. K. Indictment Book, 1750–
The two Overthwaite Bridges leading from Overthwaite to Ackenthwaite were built and supported at the joint expence of the four
estates of which Overthwaite consists. Pious or Pius Bridge was
rebuilt in 1770 at the joint expence of Hale and Whasset, it had been
previously rebuilt in 1708. Hale Bridge at the bottom of the Green
was likewise rebuilt in 1771 by the owners of such lands as lie over
the water. Pow Darkin Bridge and the bridge in Beetham Hall
Miln lane, being at the extremity of the roads repaired by Beetham,
are supported by the surveyor of Beetham and the surveyor of Hale
and Whasset jointly. Beetham Bridge is a good width and raised on
seven arches, in length about 270 feet. Though called Beetham Bridge
the west end butts in Haverbrack, the lower side at the east end in
Cappleside, the higher side only in Beetham Liberty. The Stone
House (Cappleside Hall) on the top of the hill remains a complete
military tenement to this day, fences itself round and pays the lord
40s. annual rent. Beetham Repository, pp. 61, 62, 95.
The illustration shows the old bridge with Cappleside Hall in the
8 January. Petition of the Surveyor of highways in the township
of Beethom setting forth that the highways there are greatly out of
repair and that the Statute work is insufficient for the effectual
repair of 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 within 10 days after demand
by distress and sale of goods, etc. K. Order Book, 1760–70.
3 October. Presentment that Hang Bridge is a public bridge and
is in great decay and ought to be repaired at the expense of the
county. (K. Indict. Book, 1780–87). On 6 October, 1786, it was
certified as being in good and sufficient repair. Ibid.
15 July. Presentment that there is a common and ancient King's
highway leading from Beethom towards and unto the market town
of Burton, and that a certain part of the same beginning at a bridge
called Hang Bridge and so towards Beethom for the length of 105
feet and 12 feet in breadth, is in great decay, and that the inhabitants
of the county ought to repair the same. K. Indictment Book,
7 October. Joseph Thexton, vicar of Beetham, took the oaths of
allegiance, supremacy and abjuration and made the Declaration
against Transubstantiation and subscribed the same according to
5 October. Presentment that there is a common and ancient
King's highway leading from a certain bridge (on the Turnpike road
between the market town of Burton and the market town of Milnthorpe) called Hang Bridge towards and unto the village of Beetham
and that a certain part of the same beginning at a place called Pool
Darken Bridge and so continued towards Hang Bridge for the length
of 2625 feet and of the width of 18 feet, is in great decay etc., and that
the inhabitants of the townships of Hale and Whassett ought to repair
the same. (Ibid.). On 11 January, 1813, John Beethom and
Richard Dennison submitted to the indictment and prayed the
suspension of the judgment which was granted until the next Easter
Sessions. (Ibid.). On 4 October, 1813, a certificate that the road
was in good order was filed and the indictment discharged. Ibid.
The Act for inclosing lands in the manor of Beetham was passed in
54 George III, c. 68.
19 October. Presentment that Beetham Bridge over the river
Bela in the King's highway leading from the market town of Milnthorp to the market town of Lancaster, is in great decay, etc. and
ought to be repaired at the expense of the county. (K. Indict. Book,
1817–24). On 15 August, 1721, Christopher Woodburn, free mason,
gives receipt for £3 10s. his charges for repairing the bridge. Browne
MSS. vol. i, n. 250.
10 January. Filed an order with plan annexed for stopping up
certain public footways in the township of Beetham. K. Order Book,
15 April. Filed an order with plan annexed for stopping up a
certain public footway lying between the village of Beetham and the
village of Storth, as being unnecessary. K. Indictment Book,
15 April. On the 20th February, 1819, the building of a new bridge
over the Bela at Beetham is advertised to let, upon the line of the
intended Turnpike road from Carnforth to Ulverston (Local Chron.,
33). And on the roll of this Sessions is filed a certificate that the bridge
is erected and completed in a substantial and commodious manner.
K. Indict. Book, 1817–24.
18 October. William Hornby committed to the House of Correction
at Kendal for a fortnight for breaking the common pound at Slackhead and taking out 3 horses, 3 mares, 3 geldings and 3 foals, value
£10, belonging to himself, found straying on the Ulverston and
Carnforth Turnpike Road and impounded. K. Indictment Book,
13 January. Certificate that such parts of the Ulverston Turnpike
road as are within the division of Hale and Whasset are formed in a
workmanlike and substantial manner. (Ibid.). Also an order that
the said Division shall pay the sum of £4 8s. 11d. as a composition for
Statute work liable to be done by the said inhabitants upon the said
3 April. Presentment that there is a common and ancient highway
leading out of the Turnpike road at or near a place called Clawthorp
Hall unto and terminating in the said turnpike road at or near Nether
Bridge, and that a certain part of the said King's common highway in
the Division of Hale and Whasset, beginning at a place called Witchell
which divides the parishes of Burton and Betham, and so continued
towards the market town of Milnthorpe, of the length of 2998 yards
and of the breadth of 7 yards, is in great decay, etc., and ought to be
repaired by the inhabitants of Hale and Whasset. Ibid.
3 April. Order with plan annexed for stopping up, and selling a
certain footway commencing at an ancient footway leading from
Hale to Slackhead at or near a stile leading out of an allotment
belonging to George Wilson, Esq., into Beetham Park and proceeding
in a westwardly direction across the said allotment into the Beetham
Hall allotment and terminating in the ancient footway leading from
Beetham to Yealand Redmayne, of the length of 240 yards.
Also an order for diverting and turning a certain footway commencing at the above stile at or near Slackhead from and out of the
highway leading from Beetham to Leighton Beck and proceeding in a
south-easterly direction through the said Park, along a narrow lane
unto and terminating in the footroad leading from Hale to Yealand
Redmayne at or near a dwelling house belonging to the said George
Wilson in the occupation of Richard Mount, of the length of 1036
yards, on the plan coloured red. Also an order with plan for stopping
up and selling a certain footway commencing at the above stile near
Slackhead leading from and out of the highway leading from Beethom
to Yealand Redmayne at or near a house belonging to John Dixon at
Slackhead and proceeding in an easterly and north easterly direction
through and over a close called Deepdale through Beethom Park and
across a close of land called Nearer Mains unto the Gate leading into
Beethom Hall farm yard and from thence across the said yard unto
and terminating at a certain footway leading from Beethom to Hale,
of the length altogether of 886 yards.
Also an order with plan for diverting and turning a certain footway
commencing at a stile leading into a close called Nearer Mains and
proceeding in a south easterly direction across the said close through
Beethom Hall farm yard unto a stile leading into a close called
Hawking Hall and from thence proceeding in a southerly direction
across the said close unto and terminating at a stile leading unto a
close called the Croft belonging to John Beethom, of the length of
902 yards, coloured red.
Also an order with plan for diverting a certain footway leading
from and out of the highway leading from Haverbrack to Milnthorpe
at or near the Gate leading into Dallam Tower Park and proceeding
in a north easterly direction across a part of the said Park unto and
into a certain public footway leading from Beethom to Milnthorpe, of
the length of 466 yards.
Also an order with plan for diverting part of a certain footway
from Beethom to Yealand Redmayne commencing at a stile into a
close called Nearer Mains and proceeding in a southerly direction
across the said close through Beetham Park and across Beethom
Hall allotment unto and terminating at a stile leading from and out
of the said allotment on the south side thereof, of the length altogether
of 1550 yards. K. Indict. Book, 1824–34.
A curious custom still prevailed at Beetham, viz. when a marriage
had taken place the young men visited the bride and bridegroom in
their house and asked for "Hen silver." K. Notes and Queries, n. 150.
8 April. Presentment that Hang Bridge in the common Queen's
highway leading from the town of Milnthorpe unto the town of
Burton, is ruinous, broken, dangerous and in great decay, etc., and
that the inhabitants of the county of right have been and still of
right are bound to repair and amend when and so often as it shall be
necessary. (K. Indict. Book, 1839–52). Ordered that Mr. John
Wakefield, Mr. W. W. Atkinson and Mr. Edward Wilson be requested
to view along with the Bridge Master and report to the next Sessions
as to the State of repair and as to the objections urged against it by
Mr. Hutton. K. Order Book, 1839–76.
14 October. Recommended that Mr. Edward Wilson, John
Wakefield, W. W. Atkinson and George Wilson, Esqrs., be appointed
a committee to inspect and examine whether it be necessary to erect
an additional arch at Hang Bridge to take the excess of water in case
of floods. (K. Order Book, 1839–76). On 3 January following they
presented their report when it was ordered that the foundations of
Hang Bridge be improved and the water way be increased by that
means and that a small piece of land belonging to Mr. Fothergill be
purchased according to the plan now produced. (Ibid.) On 2 July,
1840, it was ordered that the Bridge master do further deepen the bed
of the river below Hang Bridge, Mr. Hutton paying half of the expense. Ibid.
18 October. The Rev. William Hutton took the usual oaths and
subscribed the Declaration on his appointment to the Vicarage of
Beetham. K. Minute Book, 1839-59.
5 July. Report that the bed of the river near Hang Bridge is in
such a state as to prevent the flow of the water through the bridge.
Resolved that it did not devolve upon the county to remove the
obstruction. K. Minute Book, 1859–75.