FLIMBY: a parish (formerly a chapelry) and township in Allerdale Below Derwent Ward, Cumberland.
1651 acres [668 ha].
Flimby and Seaton Commons (1000 acres; 405 ha) were enclosed in 1826.
Estimated at 350 in 1687; 273 in 1801 rising steadily to peak at 2498 in 1921, then gradual decline to 1763 in 1991
Granted to Holme Cultram abbey in 12th century. After Dissolution granted to Thomas Dalston, from whom it was purchased by John Blennerhassett in 1546. Remained inBlennerhassett family until 1772, when sold to Sir James Lowther.
Collieries, saltpans and sea fishing recorded 1687; in 19th century the major collieries were at Risehow, Gillhead, Robin Hood Watergate; there were also brickworks and coke ovens.
Elevated to parochial status from chapelry in Camerton ancient parish in 1546. Parish church of St Nicholas rebuilt 1794, restored 1862. Wesleyan Methodist chapel, built 1858, replaced 1872, when previous chapel converted to Anglican Sunday School; Primitive Methodist chapel, built 1862.
Two non-endowed schools in 1818; Board Schools built 1876; Flimby Lodge (formerly a ladies school) became workhouse – school and vagrancy wards for Cockermouth Union 1886; Reading Room and Public Hall by 1901.
Compiled by: Eric Apperley
So that the information is standardised, the same set of sources have been used for all digests.
1. Ordnance Survey 6" maps (1:10,560) County Series maps, First and Second Editions
2. Census data
3. Trade Directories: Parson & White’s History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland and Westmorland (1829); Mannix & Whellan’s Directory of Cumberland (1847) OR Mannex & Co’s Directory of Westmorland with Lonsdale and Amounderness (1851); Bulmer’s History and Directory of Cumberland (1901) OR Directory of Westmorland (1906); Kelly’s Directory of Cumberland & Westmorland (1938)
4. 1851 Religious Census
5. Handlist of enclosure awards
6. Thomas Denton: a Perambulation of Cumberland 1687-1688, Surtees Society Vol. 207 (2003).
Please remember that these Digests are conceived as a quick county-wide survey: they are NOT comprehensive histories and will be superseded in due course by full VCH parish or township histories.