History of Casterton village

Victoria County History

The 'Victoria County History' was begun in 1899 with the aim of producing an encyclopaedic record of England's places and people.


For some reason the histories of Cumberland and Westmorland were not written, but that is now being put right, with a project covering the whole county of Cumbria being prepared under the editorship of Professor Angus Winchester from Lancaster University. The aim is to write the history on a parish by parish basis


In January 2014 the first draft of the History of Casterton was released by local historian Emmeline Garnett, and it can be viewed at www.cumbriacountyhistory.org.uk or by clicking  here, then clicking 'Interim Draft History of Casterton'.


Draft histories of Casterton's two nearest neighbours, namely Kirkby Lonsdale and Barbon, are also available from the same website.


Reminiscences of William Makinson (1921-2007)

​William (everyone knew him as 'Billy') was the second generation of his family to farm in Casterton, and had a wealth of knowledge of the village and its people going back to the beginning of the twentieth century.  Fortunately he sat down with Miss Margaret Pilkington in 1994 and talked at length of his life, and these musings were subsequently transcribed by Jean Hamlett into a fascinating 23-page document, which you can download/view by clicking here .


A Short History of Casterton Grange

The fine building we see today has been through many changes.  Click here to view or download.