A religious history of Cumbria, 1780-1920
This thesis is divided into three sections. Section one examinas the Church of England in Cumbria and concentrates on the work and patronage of the bishops and of the dean and chapter, the archdeacons, canons and chancellors of the diocese, the issue of ritualistic innovation and the work of the parochial clergy. Particular emphasis is given to the episcopate of Samuel Waldegrave. Section two provides an account of the history of the Nonconformists of Cumbria with a chapter devoted to each of the following: the Roman Catholics, the Methodists of the eighteenth century, the Sandemanians together with the Inghamites and the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion, the Congregationalists, the Presbyterians, the Unitarians, the Baptists and the Churches of Christ, the Quakers, the Brethren and finally the several Methodist connexions of the nineteenth century. The link between sections one and two is a study of the influence of the Lake District and religion. Section three deals with the general importance of religion in Cumbria with chapters devoted to the theme of temperance, the Lawson family and Carlisle, to education, and to each of the following: Barrow in Furness, Ravenstonedale, Popular Religion, Religious Architecture, and to Politics and Religion. The theme of the off-comer in Cumbrian religious history is central to all three sections. There is a final chapter on the twentieth century followed by the conclusions, bibliography and index.