New Collections

Important and interesting records continue to arrive in our Archive Centres. We catalogue these and previously unlisted material, and make available these catalogues on CASCAT. Detailed lists are available for new additions to CASCAT during recent months for Barrow, Carlisle, Kendal and Whitehaven Archive Centres (PDF, 0.9MB-4MB). Here are some of the highlights from recent additions to the collections of Cumbria Archive Service.


Inghamite Pear Tree Chapel, Kendal

The Kendal Inghamite congregation was among the earliest formed by the founder of the Society, Benjamin Ingham, who preached first in the open air on a hill to the west of the town. His followers worshipped in the open air until the Pear Tree Barn nearby was used as a meeting place and converted into a chapel in 1756. The present chapel was built on the original site in 1844. This collection includes a register of baptisms covering 1774 to 1837, certificates of persons interred from 1837 to 1855, a register of members from 1832 to 1880, a letter of 1856 from Kendal architect Miles Thompson thanking the minister for gifts in acknowledgement for services rendered in planning their present chapel back in the 1840s, and some financial records including receipts of charitable donations made by the chapel during the Second World War
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Raughton Head Young Farmers’ Club

Along with publications, minute books and financial records of this North Cumbrian Young Farmers’ Club, this collection also includes 1960s-1970s secretaries’ correspondence which gives an insight into the activities and interests of the club in these decades. There are also a series of scrapbooks, largely dating from 2005-2018 which provide a real sense of the fun, camaraderie and community the club offers local young people who have an interest in agriculture and rural life.
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Barrow and Dalton Constituency Labour Party

Now Barrow and Furness Constituency Labour Party. Consists of minutes of executive committee, general committee, industrial committee, ward meetings and Trades Council; financial records; correspondence; pamphlets and newsletters, 1914-1987
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Whitehaven Town Mission

The Town Mission was established 12 Jun 1856 and based on Mount Pleasant. It was sold in 2015, after celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2006. This collection comprises of committee minutes, charity papers, register of baptisms, marriages and burials of members; records of the Sunday School, including class register; anniversary souvenirs; photos and newspaper articles, 1875-2015
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