ESKDALE FARMS MISCELLANY
This page is a temporary location for miscellaneous documents relating to individual farms around Eskdale, which I hope will eventually be fitted into their proper geographical places whe more related documents become available.
Cragg House, in Austhwaite
Cragg House was somewhere in the vicinity of Sword House:
[Based on Whitehaven Record Office, document D/Pen/172] Boundaries between Leah Satterthwaite, widow, of Cragghouse & Willm. Fisher are: from the Intake wall end directly to a Hollin in Haslegill, then forward to a great Coble Stone on the south side of the scale or peathouse, & along to the cloven stone. Tenants of Cragghouse have an ancient drift way from thence through their grounds called the Cragg & the Close, to the Rayles, over Haslegill at the Steps, into William Fisher's ground called Scalebrow, through that ground by [?]Lighen-how and the Scale, to their high fell. (date- 18th century?)
Scalegarth and Ladyholme, in Birkby
[Based on Whitehaven Record Office, document D/Stan/1/22] Indenture: Thomas Stanlawe of Dalgarth, esquire, gives to Rowland Thornburgh (or Thoynburgh), son of Rowland Thornburgh of ?Wytengam, & Margaret Thoynburgh, mother of the said Rowland, & Richard ?Charnack & Katherine his wife & Thomas Dicinson & Katherine his wife: messuages/tenements with appurtenances called Skalgarthbyr and Ladyholme in the township of Byrtby (between Eske & Duden), with messuage/tenement & appurtenances now held by Thomas Smyth of the said Thomas Stanlawe in Byrtby, for 33s 4d yearly, payable at feast of St. James. Dated: Feast of Epiphany, 6 Edward IV (6 Jan 1477, or 1476 Old Style).
High Birker?, Low Birker & Longscale, in Austhwaite
[Based on Whitehaven Record Office, document D/Stan/1/23] Thomas Stanlow of Hyton, esquire, gives to William ?Lowyns, esquire, & John [illegible]: tenement in Aystwahtfeld in Coupland called Heth of Byrke, formerly in tenure of John ?Cokenskayll & ?William Brokbanke; also a tenement in Aystwahtfeld called Lawbyrke formerly in tenure of Roger Jaksone & Richard Wodend; also a tenement in Aystwahtfeld called Longskayll, formerly in tenure of John Robynsone; also a close called the New Clowse, formerly in tenure of himself Thomas Stanlow. No annual payment mentioned. Witnesses: John Hudilstone, knight; William Hudilstone; Henry Hudilstone & Roland Thornburgh senior. Dated at Aystwahtfeld, millo cccc Lxxxv (1485)