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, 2MB-7MB). Here are some of the highlights from recent additions to the collections of Cumbria Archive Service.

Please note that there is no entry for Kendal Archives while the Centre is closed for refurbishment work.


Revd Charles and Barbara Whitaker collection

Revd E. Charles Whitaker wrote various articles and books on baptism and confirmation as well as being involved in drawing up the new service book used by the Church of England. His father, Revd Charles Whitaker was also a vicar of Natland and later Ulpha. He founded the school for destitute boys at Natland in 1882.
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Low Hesket Village Hall

This collection chronicles the development of a village hall, which involved local people pledging to provide their labour to make it possible. The hall was opened on 3rd June 1954 and the records reveal the full story, from the initial plans to the opening ceremony. There is a 50th anniversary booklet, produced in 2004, along with research notes, which includes images of many of the items in the collection. The records series include minutes, financial records and correspondence relating to grant funding from the Carnegie Trust, to assist with the building and furnishing of the hall. Particular highlights are the signed pledge of 1947, where men from the community offered their services by signing and giving their occupation and also the album of black and white photographs, from 1953-1954, showing the construction work and opening ceremony. The village hall became a focal point for the wider community and the 50th anniversary booklet highlights the many community events and activities that have taken place and continue to do so today.
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Lewthwaite family of Broadgate, near Millom

The Lewthwaite family bought the freehold of Broadgate in 1642. They had made their money through trade and commerce, particularly through the rapid expansion of Whitehaven, and they had plantations in the West Indies. Part of this collection consists of research papers into the family's history. There are also title deeds, financial and legal papers, family and estate papers. The family and esate correspondence begins in the 1690s and continues through to the early 20th century. Some of this correspondence and the estate papers for Check Hall in Dominica contain references to slavery.
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