Kirk Andrews Upon Eden1 Parish

  Another small parish, comprising only 751 acres, rated at 539 15s. is bounded by the river Eden, and the parishes of Grinsdale, Burgh, Beaumont, Orton, and St. Mary's, and contains 142 inhabitants resident in 24 houses, forming the village of Kirk Andrews, and the hamlet of Hoskethill2, situate near the ship canal, 3 miles W.N.W. of Carlisle. The principal proprietors of the soil (which is generally a dry loam) are Mr. John Bowman, Mr. J. Hind, and the Misses Blamire. It is a parcel of the barony of Burgh, but all the land is now freehold. At a place called Kirksteads, about one mile S. of the village, there was anciently a church, which is said to have served the parishes of Kirk Andrews, Beaumont, Grinsdale and Orton. "There is no account how long ago the said church fell, or was taken down, but it must have been very long since, as the church built afterwards at Kirk-Andrews has been in ruins a great number of years." All traces of both the church and church yard have long since disappeared, the principal part of its dilapidated walls having been removed about 80 years ago, for the erection of the rectory house, which occupies a pleasant situation near its site, where free stones curiously carved, and human bones have been frequently dug up. In ecclesiastical matters this parish has long been untied to that of Beaumont, and the two livings are in the same patronage and incumbency. A number of urns were found about 60 years ago, on the common, where there are three circular ditches. the school here was built by the joint subscription of the inhabitants of this parish and the parishes of Beaumont and Grinsdale, and the master receives 1 18s. 6d. yearly, from Pattinson's Charity, for which two children are instructed free.


Mannix & Whellan, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland, 1847




1. Kirk Andrews is now rendered Kirkandrews or Kirkandrews-on-Eden.
2. Hoskethill is now Hosket Hill.

29 April 2008

Steve Bulman