Ancient parish in Allerdale above Derwent ward, Cumberland. Absorbed into Whicham CP 1934.


4,482 acres [1,814 ha], including surviving unenclosed common fell on slopes of Black Combe (see Whicham).


estimated at 435 in 1688, but below 200 for most of 19th century. Rising from 180 in 1801 to peak of 234 in 1831; then falling to 150 in 1931 (last census year for which separate figure available).


manor of Whitbeck held by Morthing family in 13th century; granted by Sir William Morthing to Conishead Priory, from which it passed to Crown at Dissolution. Purchased by Lawrence Parke 1687; sold by his descendant Charles Parke to earl of Lonsdale 1807. Manor of Monkfoss originated in grant to Furness Abbey 12th century; granted on Dissolution to Hudlestons of Millom who sold it to Edmund Gibson 1738.


predominantly agricultural; medicinal spa well at Gutterby.

Places of worship:

medieval parish church of St Mary; partly rebuilt 1883.

Schools and other institutions:

hospital for six poor people built before 1722 under charitable endowment of Henry Park in 1631; building said to be ‘insufficient’ 1779 but still in use in mid-19th century.