The Later Records relating to North Westmorland: or the Barony of Appleby (1932) by John F Curwen (online here).


pp189-194

(online here)

"The church [at Ormside]
The church stands upon the site that has been held sacred from pre-historic times, for here, beside the river, is a barrow in which skeletons have been found with their knees doubled up to their chins, and here in a later pagan interment a hoard of Viking Aged weapons was found in 1898. Within the ringed enclosure of earth and stone the first pagan cell would be erected close beside the ground that was consecrated by the burial of their dead, a spot that would be held sacred still as the people became christian and raised their cross, for they dared not desecrate it. Then, at a much later period, the tiny cell of the holy man would give place to a little wattle church for communial worship endowed with their votive offerings.
About the year 1087 the Normans took possession and later this little House of God was appropriated to St. Mary's abbey at York. In the year 1248 the abbot and convent granted the advowson to the Bishop of Carlisle and his successors, reserving to themselves the usual pension out of the same."

"In the churchyard there is a socket for a cross which bears the date 1643. A new cross was lowered into it in 1897 on the occasion of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, with the initials V.R. added.
A list of Incumbents whose names have been met with during this present research.
1284-1311 William de Gosford
1320- John de Morland
1484- William Hodgson
1535- William Atkinson
d.1565 Christopher Parker
1635-r.1661 Robert Simpson
1661-r.1679 Barnaby Simpson
1679-r.1726 John Simpson
1726-r.1727 Thomas Nicolson
1727-d.1731 William Nicolson
1565-d.1569 Richard Towlson
1569 - John Watson
1571 -r.1572 John Barnes
1572 -r.1575 John Corry
1575 -d.1582 Lancelot Manfield
1582 -r.1585 John Braithwaite
1587 -d.1591 John Hudson
1591 -r.1635 Richard Burton [actually Barton?]
1731-d.1762 Thomas Cautley
1762- William Preston
1778- Thomas Spooner
1807- William Monkhouse
1811-1829 Robert Whitehead
1851- James Bush
1854-1856 Christopher Parker
1856- Thomas Clark"

"Breeks Hall.
Situate half a mile south from the Church is now a farm house."
[More on the Breeks can be found in *Nicolson et al 1777 pp515-517. See Ormside Hall]

"Ormside Hall.
The seat of the Barton family until they sold it, temp. Queen Elizabeth [meaning 'in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I', i.e. 1558-1603], to Sir Christopher Pickering, who died in 1620, from whom it passed to Cyprian Hylton, who died in 1652. The history of the building, which clearly started as a small peel tower in the 14th century, is unknown. Since 1811 the embattled roof has been taken off and a slated gable erected in its place. The Hall faces the church and forms three sides of a quadrangle, there are a number of arched stone passages, but the rooms possess no features of interest."
[More on Ormside Hall and its occupants can be found in *Nicolson et al 1777 p513 and pp515-517, which is probably Curwen's primary source.]

pp256-277

(online here)

"Hartsop Hall.
The former residence of the Bartons of Ormside. It is a little old building say of the 15th century consisting of two blocks at right angles to one another. There is nothing remaining of any note about it."
[Hartsop is also briefly mentioned in *Nicolson et al 1777 p407, which may be Curwen's primary source.]