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Joseph Hodgson Cumpston  1817- 1908 of Barton Hall and Helen (Ellen) 1819  - 1899

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CUMBERLAND AND WESTMORLAND HERALD '100 YEARS ago' 1908  POOLEY BRIDGE  Issue 11th April.  The death has occurred at the age of 91 of Mr. Joseph Hodgson Cumpston, of Barton Hall, Pooley Bridge [ex. Carlisle]. Mr. Cumpston moved to Leeming on the shores of Ullswater in 1854 and in 1863 purchased and enlarged Barton Hall, where he had since lived. He took an active interest in parish affairs and was one of those responsible 30 years ago for the erection of the church at Pooley Bridge. With other local gentlemen he also helped in having the telegraph service extended to the village.  He died on 5 April and had 2 sons and 2 daughters.  He added the west half of the house, and put the two daughters by then adult and tiresome and unmarried in it.  At first floor is a door, openable only from his half!

A family member in Oxford says that "Joseph built and laid out the gardens at Leeming, now a hotel on the banks of Ullswater.  Barton Hall was originally called New House."



Plaque above in Barton Church reads

"Sacred to the memory of Ellen Cumpston beloved wife of JH Cumpston of Barton Hall.  Born September 21st 1819.  Died Dec 26 1899.  At eventide it shall be light.  Erected by her loving children."

1817 St Mary Carlisle Cumpston Joseph Hodgson birth 10.2.1817

1817 St Mary Carlisle Cumpston Joseph Hodgson christened 21.9.1817

1841 St George Hanover Square Westminster HO 107 733/7 New Bond Street London Cumpston Joseph Hodgson age 25 census 1841

1841 Old Bailey London Central Criminal Court t184110510-1409 New Bonds Street London Cumpston Joseph Hodgson age 25 whilst living with Mr Hardwick in new Bonds Street property burgled by Sarah Williams and Eliz Davies 10 May 1841

1854 Whitehaven vol 10b pg 655 Cumpston Joseph Hodgson 37 yrs Marriage free bmd Dec Q




'Pooley Bridge has been one of the most thriving smaller resorts this summer, judging by numbers of parked cars, people relaxing in hotel gardens and visitors licking ice-creams.


In centuries past, the village at the northern end of Ullswater was better known for its fishing industry, which had an outlet in a fish market in Pooley.  This and other fascinating facts emerge from historical writings, made in 1934 by Miss E. E. Cumpston, a local woman, whose typescript has been sent to us by Ray White, Askham.


Headed Pooley and nearby — Things remembered and reported, her observations reveal that a market once stood in the open space opposite the Crown Hotel.  Under a licence granted by King John, the village was also enlivened by a sheep and cattle fair, on the third Monday in September, and by a tup fair, in October.  “There were races and wrestling and stalls of sweets and cakes,” wrote Miss Cumpston. “A gay and noisy scene.”  Perhaps this merry-making was a prelude to the once-famous Ullswater sports which embraced boat races on the lake and field events like running, jumping and wrestling.  Miss Cumpston believed Norse tribes, on settling beside Ullswater, named the spot Pulhow — Hill by the Lake. As time passed, the name became Poolah or Pooley and finally, with the building of a bridge, Pooley Bridge.




1872 Barton Ernest Hudson vicar's report Barton Hall Penrith Cumpston Joseph Hodgson age 55 the Sale of Old School to Jospeph Hodgson  for £360 10s

1873 Barton Hall Penrith Cumpston Joseph Hodgson 56 years - extent of lands 52 - 3 gross estimated rental £115 Return of Owners of Land 1873 Westmorland 1873


1873? Barton Hall Penrith Cumpston Joseph Hodgson age 56 extent of lands 4 -3- 30 gross estimated rental £18 return of Owners of Land ? Year Westmorland


1881 Barton Westmorland Cumpston Joseph Hodgson age 62 annuitant land and dividends census 1881


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1857 Penrith 10b 329 Cumpston George Robinson ( ultimately married Marie Dora Louisa Behr) birth free bmd Mar Q 1857

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1858 Penrith 10b 316 Watermillock Cumpston Mary Elizabeth birth 1858

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1861 10b 351 Cumpston Basil Arthur (ultimately married Florence Jane Ashton) birth free bmd Mar Q 1861

1908 West Ward 10b 423 West Ward Cumpston Joseph Hodgson age 91 husband of Ellen Eliz Robinson dec. death 5.4.1908

1881 Barton Westmorland CUMPSTON Ellen Edith aged 21 daughter census 1881

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1860 Barton Westmorland CUMPSTON Ellen Edith 1860 birth

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1892 Wapella NW Terr Canada  Cumpston Basil Arthur age 31 (married Florence Jane Ashton) marriage 20.6.1892

1896 Barnet 3a 260 London Cumpston George Robinson age 39 and Marie Dora Louisa Behr Marriage free bmd Mar Q 1896 [see box opposite for marriage details.

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1901 Northwest Territories Canada vol 489 Canada Cumpston Basil Arthur age 41 farmer Lovell's directory Manitoba

1908 Hadley Common England Cumpston George Robinson age 50 Ellis Island arrival America

1917 Barton Hall Penrith Cumpston Mary Elizabeth age 59 death 13.8.1917

1922 Barnet 3a 428 London Cumpston George Robinson age 63 now married to wife 2 Barker  death free bmd Mar Q 1920

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1962 Toronto Cumpston Basil Arthur death 14.2.1962 according to plaque in Barton Church

1899 Dec 26 Ellen Cumpston wife of JH Cumpston of Barton Hall.  Died - see details on plaque opposite

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1952 Florence Jane Ashton (Cumpston)  born 1870 Died 27th July 1952 Toronto. Wife of Basil Arthur Cumpston.

A stained glass window also states that they married at Wapella Canadian Northwest Territories.  Born 20th October 1870 at London.

1901 Barton CUMPSTON Joseph  84 living on own means census 1901

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Edward Thompson CUMPSTON b 1814 fourth child of John and Elizabeth Graham, Chairmaker of Carlisle. Brother of Joseph Hodgson Cumpston.

"Carlisle Patriot Newpaper Aug 5th 1831 A YOUNG MAN DROWNED.  An accident, which terminated fatally, occurred to a young man named Edward Thomas Cumpston of this town, whilst bathing in the river Eden.  Praising the resuce attempts, we particularly allude to the conduct of Mr Thomas Rome, who plunged into the river with a great part of his clothes on, and at a period when the life of the unfortunate youth may have been saved, but Mr Rome could not dive, and his exertions were to no avail."



The 1881 Census shows a David A Cumpston aged 20 born Watermillock, Cumberland, lodger, Shipbroker, living at 202 Stanhope Street, St Pancras, London.  He is obviously connected with this family but I need further confirmation.

1851 CENSUS:

CUMPSTON Edward : Mary (107/2425 Enum Dist. 8a - 8j )

Leath Ward Part 1 Penrith Town


I still need to connect this family

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Ellis Island Record of Passenger entering America

Cumpston, Anne Martha (Carter) wife of Thomas Bowser Cumpston 1 ( son of John Elizabeth Mary Graham) from Leeds, England.

2 Sep 1911 aged 50 years.  Female, married, sailed on the Lusitania from Liverpool, UK

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Plaque in Barton Church reads

"In loving memory of Mary Elizabeth Cumpston daughter of Joseph Hodgson Cumpston who entered into rest August 13th 1917 erected by her sister and brother".



100 YEARS (1903) BARTON

The venerable church of St. Michael, Barton, was re-opened after renovation, when an address was given by the Bishop of Carlisle. The cost was heavy about £1,700, of which £1,400 had been raised by subscription. A new pulpit of excellent workmanship, carved by the Misses Cumpston, Barton Hall, was the gift of their father, J. H. Cumpston, Esq.


Two amateur plays were given by the Misses Cumpston, Barton Hall, with friends, in aid of Barton Church funds. The Watermillock string band supplied music.

Barton Hall is set in 3.5 acres of ground, an 8 bedroom Queen Anne home built in 1710.  It offers Country House Bed and Breakfast.  You can read more at its website at

The photo of the Hall is used with permission of the owners.

From THE TIMES, Wednesday, Feb 05, 1896 MARRIAGE.

CUMPSTON : BEHR.-On the 3rd Feb., at St. Paul's Church, Finchley, by the REV. S. B. MAYALL, Vicar, assisted by the REV. F. S. REYSELL, GEORGE R. CUMPSTON, eldest son of J. H. CUMPSTON, Esq., of Barton Hall, Penrith, to MARIE, eldest daughter of C. L. BEHR, Esq., of Sunnymead, Woodside-park, N.



SARAH WILLIAMS, ELIZABETH DAVIS, Theft from a specified place, 10th May 1841.


Reference Number: t18410510-1409 Offence: Verdict: Guilty Punishment: Imprisonment  

1409.   SARAH WILLIAMS and   ELIZABETH DAVIS were indicted for stealing, on the 27th of April, at St. George, Hanover-square, 83 yards of lace, value 8l., the goods of  Joseph Hard wick and another, in their dwelling-house.


   JOSEPH HODGSON CUMPSTON . I live with Mr. Hardwick, in New Bonds street—he is in partnership with his son. On the 27th of April, between two and three o'clock in the afternoon, the prisoners came into the shop, and Williams asked for some mouslin-de-laine—I showed her some—they purchased two yards and a half, which came to 6s. 3d.—Williams then asked to look at some lace, and had two yards cut off, at 2s. a yard—I observed her laying some whole pieces of lace towards Davis—they sat close together—Williams then asked the price of another piece of lace, holding it up away from Davis—when I looked back again I missed some lace off the counter, as she had drawn my attention in the direction she was holding the other piece, and when I looked again I missed some lace off the counter—I could not tell whether it was one or more pieces—she laid the lace aside two or three times, and it was taken off—after doing this once or twice, she made another purchase of two yards more, at 2s. 6d.—she did it again a third time, in the same manner, handing pieces of lace towards Davis, and then drawing my attention to another piece, by asking me the price again—they sat facing each other—Williams had her back to the window, and Davis her face to the window—she held it up towards (he window—I then cleared the counter of all the remainder of the lace, and requested them to walk with me into the counting-house—Davis asked what I wanted in the counting-house—I told her I should let her know when we got there—they got up from their seats, and Davis dropped a quantity of lace on the floor—I heard it drop, but did not see it—it was not on a card, it was in parcels—I came round the counter, and saw it on the floor—I walked with them to the counting-house—I called Simmons, a policeman, leaving them in charge of Mr. Hardwick—Simmons took them into custody, but before he left the counting-house, he pointed out two pieces of lace under the desk there—I took it up, and gave it to Simmons—we do not keep lace in the counting-house, and it was all squeezed into a heap, not as it is kept—the cut lengths are kept on cards, and the whole pieces as we have them in, not wrapped round any thing at all—one of the young men picked up the pieces of lace in front of the counter, gave them to me, and I put them in paper—I saw him take them off the ground before I went into the counting-house—he said he gave me the same pieces—he is not here.


Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Have you always given the same account of this? A. Yes, to the best of my recollection—I have said that Davis let the pieces fall from under her shawl—she put her hand under her shawl, and let something drop—I did not see them drop—it was in different pieces—I will swear I heard them drop—the floor of the shop is carpeted with a good thick Brussel carpet—when I accused her, she asked what I wanted—she said nothing else that I am aware of—she had a shawl on—I believe she said, "I beg your pardon, I was not aware my shawl had swept these things down"—they did not fall at the time she got up—I did not mention that, because I did not think it had any thing to do with it—I did not forget it (I did not think it necessary to state it) if you had asked me the question, 1 should have told you—I should not have said it if you had not asked me, because I did not think it had any thing to do with it—(it was after she said, "What do you want?" that the lace fell)—it might be important in your view of the case, but not in mine—I did not keep it back in order that they might be convicted—there were perhaps three or four shopmen in the shop—we have five shopmen—none of them are here.

Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. Who paid for the things Williams purchased? A. Nobody—we did not give her time—I believe this is the first time I have said any thing about the removal of things towards Davis, and Williams engaging my attention on three several occasions—I never mentioned about the window before, as I was not asked.


COURT. Q. You say the things did not fall at the time; they got up? A. Not till they got up—they got up because I wished them to go into the counting-house—after they got up, Davis asked me what I wanted—I told them I should let them know when I got them into the counting-house—I then saw her put her hand under her shawl, and heard something drop—that was about a minute after they got up—then she begged pardon for her shawl having swept the things on the floor.



MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Did you ever say one word before today, that the woman put her hand under her shawl? A. I do not remember whether I did or not.


  JAMES SIMMONS . I am a policeman. I was called to Mr. Hardwick's shop between three and four o'clock in the afternoon—I went into the counting-house, and saw the prisoners standing there, and Mr. Hardwick with them—he said he would give them into custody for stealing lace—I took them in charge with six pieces of lace, and these two pieces were lying in the counting-house, behind the prisoners, who stood with their backs against a small writing-desk—the two pieces kid under it, about two feet from them—I pointed them out to Gumps ton, who took them up, and gave them to me—I searched them at the station, but found nothing on them—I did not discover any place under Davis's shawl where any thing could be concealed.


Cross-examined by MR. PHILLIPS. Q. Had you not taken the prisoners from the counting-house, half-way to the shop, when Cumpston called you back? A. No—I saw the lace myself—he ordered me to stop, called me and gave me the lace which he had picked up—I believe I bad got half-way down the shop then—I saw him take them from under the desk in the counting-house.


Cross-examined by MR. CLARKSON. Q. How much money did you find on Williams? A. Three sovereigns, a half-sovereign, 4s. 4d. in silver, and 1 1/4 d.—I have returned it to her by order of the Magistrate.


(Williams received a good character.)




Of Stealing under the value of 5l.

Confined Twelve Months.


Pelo [Ursula Jones] nee Cumpston wrote to say her father was Charles Graham Cumpston (1897-1968), only son of George Robinson Cumpston. When she was a child she and her three sisters spent the war years at Barton Hall.  When her father died her mother left their London house to live permanently at Barton Hall until her death in 1984.  She also has an Australian Cumpston cousin.

I am grateful to Simon Ledingham for permission to use his excellent aerial photographs.  See more of his work at

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