The above illustration is an extract from Domesday Book, compiled in 1086, which covers only the southern part of Cumbria. The entry shows Ulverston at that date held by Gospatric. The vill is described as a league long and half a league wide, and worth ten shillings (in King Edward's time it had been worth twenty shillings).
Welcome to the Resource Bank for the VCH Cumbria Project. These pages contain various papers and resources relating to the project.
These pages contain resources to help volunteers in their work for the VCH. Here you will find guidance notes, a downloadable copy of the Volunteer Handbook and information about skills training.
Members who have logged-in should check Members' Home Page on the right hand side of this page. From there you will be able to access members-only resources.
This page includes sources relevant to the history of the whole of Cumbria, including CENSUS figures from 1801 to 2001.
At the start of 2012, Her Majesty announced the rededication of the Victoria County History (VCH) to celebrate her Jubilee in 2012 – and that has inspired us to aim during 2012 to produce a VCH ‘Jubilee Digest’ for every township in Cumbria – all 340 of them! All are being written by volunteer local historians, working under the guidance of Dr Sarah Rose and Professor Angus Winchester of Lancaster University. To find out more about how these are written, please visit the Jubilee Digest pages.
Each Digest is a brief summary of the history of a place, including its population, manorial descent, economic activity, places of worship and schools. Short though they are, they are full of fascinating facts. In time, all 340 will be expanded into full-scale ‘township histories’, telling the story of every single place in Cumbria, in detail. Completed Digests are available here, via the Interactive Map