Margaret Davenport, lately of Bromhall in Wrenbury, a widow,
owes on account of recusancy £12 5s. and one eighth of the estate
usually called Casterton Hall; and one eighth of the messuages and
tenements in Casterton near Kendal and Lambrigg in Grayrigg. On
account of these shenow owes £260. In the Lancaster Roll it appears
that Margaret and her husband William Davenport were fined there
and that they had land in Kendal in the tenancy of Edmond Potter,
Leonard Stodert, Thomas Tolson, Simon Swainson and Edward
Strickland. Also they had Lambrigg Park let to Richard Duckett
of Grayrigg. Recusant Roll, No. 1, Michaelmas 1592 to 1593.
Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer. Pipe Office Series. Westmorland,
The Casterton Hall estate was granted to Edward Wilson of
Dallam Tower (born 1618), by Queen Catherine out of her dower lands.
Sir John Otway, writing to Edward Wilson in reference to his application for a lease says: Honoured Uncle I managed yre business
wth all the skill, interest and art I had with the Qu. Council
after yre plic. came upp, and I prevailed with the Chancellor of the
Duchy to be there who was thoroughly informed of yre case, but the
result was of all after a debate of sevrall hours that they are resolved
to make a lease to you and to no man else, but for the 50 lib. ffine it
must be paid againe. I told them this was very severe that you
should suffer either by the distraction of the times or by the neglect
of yre sollicitor, or by the calamity of the late dreadfull fyre (the great
fire of London), but nothing would alter them, etc. Memoirs of
28 April. Thomas Coulthurst of Casterton, yeoman, threw down
a stone wall at Barwick Hall and stopped the highway to the hurt of
John Ward, gent. K. Indict. Book, 1692–1724.
10 July. Presentment that whereas John Lowther, bart., was and
is lawfully possessed of an ancient messuage called Casterton Hall, to
which belongs an ancient pasture for sheep, called Sheepheise in
Easgill, on the east side of Casterton Fell, where he and his tenants
depasture their sheep; William Hardy, William Browne, John Browne,
yeomen, and Hester Browne, spinster, all of Casterton, on 20 April
last drove away 200 sheep of one John Garnett, farmer of the said
John Lowther, depasturing there; William Hardy fined 1s. and the
others 6d. each. K. Indictment Book, 1692–1724.
12 January. Complaint made in open court that the fish in the
river Lune and elsewhere in the Barony of Kendall, have been of late
years and now are much destroyed by idle and disorderly persons not
qualified by law either as having a free fishery or being owners thereof
or otherwise lawfully authorised to fish in navigable rivers, and that
several nets, pitches and other "engines" are kept by persons who
are not makers or dealers thereof and that some persons qualified to
keep nets keep and use for the destruction of fish unlawful nets or too
straight or narrow a size, contrary to the statute; authority to
William Godsalve of Casterton, gent., to search houses, outhouses and
other suspected places of persons within the Barony not qualified by
law to keep or use such, for nets or other "ingines" or instruments
made or used for the destruction of fish and to seize the same and
bring the offenders before the Justices. K. Order Book, 1696–1724.
7 October. Presentment that the highway at the east end of K.
Lonsdale bridge, 300 feet in length, is in great decay. K. Indictment
19 April. Petition of the surveyor of highways within the township
of Casterton setting forth that the highways are greatly out of repair
and that the 6 days labour is insufficient to effectually repair the
same; ordered that an assessment of 6d. in the pound be levied upon
the several inhabitants owners and occupiers, and that in case of
refusal or non payment within 10 days after demand, by distress and
sale of goods, etc. K. Order Book, 1770–80.
The last Roger Wilson of Casterton, Recorder of Kendal from 1757
to 1766, died unmarried at Gray's Inn in 1769, leaving two sisters and
coheirs, viz: Anne the wife of the Rev. Marwood Place, vicar of K.
Lonsdale, and Elizabeth who married in 1763 William Carus of K.
Lonsdale. William Wilson Carus the son of the latter marriage, born
in 1764, in accordance with the will of his late maternal aunt Anne
Place, assumed the additional surname and arms of Wilson by the
Royal Licence of George III, dated 1 March, 1793, and by warrant from
Garter and Norroy, dated the 4th day of the same month. Memoirs
of Carus-Wilson family.
12 January. William Wilson Carus Wilson of Casterton, esq.,
produced certificates of having received the Sacrament and took the
oaths of allegiance as Justice of the Peace. K. Order and Indictment
29 April. Part of the highway in Casterton called Latham or
Latholme Lane, beginning from the N. side of the turnpike road
from K. Lonsdale to Ingleton, where the said highway crosses the
said turnpike road, and ending at the turnpike road from K. Lonsdale to Sedbergh, in length 1298 yards and in breadth 8 yards, in
great decay, and ought to be repaired by the township of Casterton.
K. Order and Indictment Book, 1798–1811.
14 April. Part of the highway leading from K. Lonsdale to Dent,
beginning from the N.E. side of the turnpike road from Sedbergh to
K. Lonsdale, and ending at a water course which crosses the said
highway there called Pells Sike, in length 1442 yards and in breadth
8 yards is in great decay and ought to be repaired by Casterton
The Act for inclosing the Commons in Casterton, comprising some
2500 acres, was passed in 52 George III, c. 98.
Rev. William Carus-Wilson founded at Casterton in 1820 the school
for servants and teachers, and three years later this was followed by
the establishment at Cowan Bridge of the Clergy Daughter's School,
where the daughters of the poorer clergy were educated at a very low
cost. This school was removed to Casterton in 1833. Memoirs of
5 October. The Bishop of Chester consecrated Casterton Church.
It was enlarged by the addition of a chancel and reopened by the
Bishop of Carlisle on 10 December, 1865. Restored in 1891.