KILLINGTON AND FIRBANK.
Firbank Old Chapel it is said can still be traced more than a mile
away on the summit of a hill, occupying a "square about a quarter
of an acre in extent surrounded by a wall. In it are some seven fir
trees and five tombstones. The school was in one corner, signs of the
doorway being still visible in the encompassing wall. From a piece
of rock opposite, George Fox preached," when in 1652 a thousand
people are said to have assembled. Nightingale, The Ejected of 1662,
Mr. Harrison curate of Killington contributed 5s. towards the
recovery of the Palatinate of the Rhine, for the King's son-in-law.
Lanc. and Cheshire Record Soc., vol. xii, p. 70.
The following were fined for attending meetings at Sedbergh:—
James Corney of Killington, 15s., Richard Parrott of the same 15s.;
Joseph Baines of the same for himself and for Margaret Walker
£1 15s. All which fines were levied by distress on their several goods
and chattels. William Baines of Killington, for a demand of 5s. for
Priest's wages had goods taken from him worth 14s., and Joseph
Baines for a demand of 4s. had goods taken worth 20s.
In the year 1675, Joseph Baines, John Hodgson and John Yeates,
all of Killington, were prosecuted for Easter Offerings and the said
John Hodgson also suffered 13 weeks imprisonment at Kendal
for tithes. In the same year William and Joseph Baines were cited
into Richmond Court at the suit of John Wood, priest of Killington
for wages, but before the Court-day came John Wood was taken sick
and died under much trouble of mind. Alex. Pearson, Material for
an account of K. Lonsdale.
Nomination of William Stephenson, on the removal of the late
curate from Firbank chapel, on 12 June, 1691. K. Notes and
Queries, n. 1004.
28 April. Thomas Airey of Birkfield in Firbank, yeoman, threw
down a wall in the close of Thomas Thexton called Birkrigg whereby
the highway through Reding and Myers closes was obstructed by
diversion of a watercourse. K. Indictment Book, 1692–1724.
14 July. William Slater, curate of Killington (1675–1724), signed
the anti-Jacobite "Association" formed throughout the Kingdom for
the protection of William III. K. Indictment Book, 1692–1724.
11 October. Certificate of the court that the house of Joseph
Baynes of Stangerthwaite in Killington was licensed as a place for
religious worship for the people called Quakers. K. Order Book,
10 April. Order to the high constables to view the highway leading to the west end of the public bridge known as Old Lune Bridge
in Killington and contract for the repair of such part as lies within
300 feet of the bridge. K. Order Book, 1725–37.
5 October. Indictment that all Shackley Bank Lane in a common
and ancient highway lying in Firbank between the market towns of
K. Lonsdale and Appleby is not well and sufficiently repaired but that
the same is now in great decay and that by ancient usage the inhabitants of the township of Firbank ought to repair it. K. Indictment
14 January. Presentment that a footbridge in the King's
highway over Bendrigg Beck leading from the market town of K.
Kendale to the township of Killington is impassable for want of
reparation so that the subjects of the King cannot pass over the said
way without great danger, etc. Ibid.
30 March. The dwelling house of Robert Richardson of Killington
is certified to be a place of religious worship pursuant to an Act of
Parliament, 1 William and Mary, entitled an Act for exempting their
Majesty's Protestant subjects dissenting from the Church of England
from the penalties of certain laws. K. Indictment Book, 1760–70.
3 April. Rev. William Sclater, curate of Killington, took the
oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy and also the oath of Abjuration
and subscribed the same according to law. Ibid.
2 October. Presentment that there is a certain common and
ancient highway leading from the market town of K. Kendale to the
market town of Sedbergh and that a certain part of the same beginning
at a beck near Capplethwaite and leading to Lincoln's Inn Bridge,
containing in length 800 yards and in breadth 5 yards, was and yet is
very ruinous, etc., and that the inhabitants of Firbank ought to repair
the same. (K. Indictment Book, 1760–70). On 8 April, 1771, a
certificate was produced that the same was in good and sufficient
repair. K. Indict. Book, 1770–80.
16 February. The Rev. Marwood Place, vicar of K. Lonsdale, has
nominated the Rev. William Pearson his curate, to the perpetual
curacy of Killington. Cumberland Pacquet.
3 April. Order for the repair of Lincoln's Inn Bridge. K. Order
25 February. Died on board "The Hope," on her voyage from
Antigua to Lancaster, Mr. Henry Pearson, merchant, son of the Rev.
W. Pearson of Killington. His remains were preserved in rum and
brought home to be interred at K. Lonsdale on Wednesday se'nnight.
Alex. Pearson, Material for an account of K. Lonsdale.
12 July. John Garnett, curate of Firbank, did take the oaths of
allegiance, supremacy and abjuration and subscribed the same
according to law. K. Indictment Book, 1808–1809.
The Act for inclosing lands in the township of Killington, comprising some 2349 acres, was passed in 51 George III, c. 140.
7 October. Order, by which the boundary between the Manors of
Firbank and Killington set out by the Commissioners, is quashed;
and the boundary set out on plan produced by landowners of Firbank
confirmed. K. Order Book, 1811–17.
14 July. Order to repair the Westmorland end of the bridge called
Lincoln's Inn Bridge. K. Order Book, 1817–24.
15 July. The Award of the Commissioners appointed for inclosing
certain lands within the township was inrolled. K. Indict. Book,
17 October. On the Roll of this Session is filed a certificate that
the house of Richard Ward of Firbank was intended to be opened and
used as a place for the assembling of a congregation for religious
worship for Protestants. K. Order Book, 1824–34.
21 August. The Rev. Robert Wilkinson, assistant curate of
Killington has been nominated by the Rev. Joseph Sharp, vicar of
K. Lonsdale, to the perpetual curacy of Killington, void by the
secession of the Rev. William Moore. (Local Chron. 81). On the
7 January following he took the oaths of allegiance, supremacy and
abjuration and made the Declaration required in lieu of the Sacramental Test and subscribed the same. K. Indict. Book, 1824–34.
4 September. Firbank Chapel opened after being rebuilt. Annals
of Kendal 300.
4 January. Rev. William Clarke took and subscribed the usual
oaths and Declaration on his institution to the Perpetual Curacy of
Firbank. K. Order Book, 1839–76.
3 June. Resolved that the rebuilding of the northern cut-water on
Lincoln's Inn Bridge, at a sum of £285 payable equally by the two
counties be approved. C.C. Minutes, 1904–5.