The area known as Crosthwaite and Lyth shown in the map above.
As you can see from the map, it lies between Windermere in the Lake District national park and Kendal. It is now commonly assumed to be in the county of Cumbria, however, like many administrative post 1974 changes in England and Wales, the historic country of Westmorland continues to exist alongside the administrative area of Cumbria.
Crosthwaite is a beautiful area. There is some great walking to be done around the area, and some good photo opportunities to be had in the region as a whole.
My most recent direct ancestor who lived in Crosthwaite at any point was Robert Holme.
Robert Holme was baptised at St. Mary, Crosthwaite on the 29th March 1816 to John and Agnes. (nee Burrow) By 1841, he’d moved on and was a servant at Newby Bridge. In 1849 he married Eleanor Benson, the daughter of William (a farmer, like Robert’s dad) at Whicham, near Millom.
Two of Robert and Eleanor’s daughters survived, Mary, and Eleanor. I’m descended from Mary, who was baptised at Cartmel in 1852, and who married John Coxhead in 1876 in Penwortham, near Preston, Lancashire. The family moved to Kirkham in Lancashire, and Robert Holmes, formerly a huntsman, was buried at Kirkham parish church in 1892.
Direct line ancestors of Robert who lived in and around the Crosthwaite and Lyth area include:
John Holme and Agnes Burrow who married in 1805.
James Burrow and Elizabeth Atkinson who married in 1782.
Robert Jackson and Elizabeth Story who married in 1722.
James Burrough/Burrow and Agnes Cartmell who married in 1750.
William Burrow and Mary Garnett who married in 1727.
Isaac Cartmell and Agnes Barrow who married in 1720.
And the family of Leonard Townson (buried at Crosthwaite in 1667) and his wife Jenett
Some of the place names mentioned in documents such as wills, and baptism records from the area include “Broad Oak”, “Moss Side”, “Nook”, “Tarnside”, “Cartmel Fold”, “Birks” and “Green”.
Here are a few sites of interest for the Crosthwaite and Lyth area:
The Parish of Crosthwaite and Lyth – includes lots of historical information, and individuals’ names.
GENUKI Crosthwaite & Lyth page
History of Crosthwaite in South Lakeland and Westmorland
Westmorland Damson Association
Crosthwaite and Lyth – British History Online
Cumbria Family History Society
Cumbria Archive Service