Oxenholme Farm

Oxenholme Farm

The original Oxenholme Farm was first divided into two properties, Oxenholme Farm and Raysholme. It has since been divided again to form three properties, Oxenholme Farm, Raysholme and Mill Cottage.

The following information was contributed by local schoolchildren from St. Marks, Natland to the BBC Domesday Project in 1986:

“Mr. Bell took over the Elizabethan farmhouse in 1932. There 40 hectares owned by the farm and a further 23 are rented. Silage, which is cut every year in June and August, occupies 38 acres while the remaining 63 are used for hay and pasture. Mr. Bell owns four tractors, two of which are Fords. He keeps Friesian cows, forty-two being milked every day at 07.00 and 16.00. So far this year 145 lambs have been born, although 8 or 9 die each year shortly after birth. Mr. Bell also keeps hens and breeds pheasants which he buys when they are only a day old. When St. Mark’s children visited the farm they were given some silage and cow cake. They watched the sheepdog at work and went in the milking shed. When they entered a field of cows, they were very quickly surrounded!”

Known residents:

  • 1851 – James Cleasby
  • 1866 – John Garnett
  • 1897 – Richard Thornburrow
  • 1901 – Edward Cornthwaite & family



Known residents:

  • 1920 – Arthur Haliburton Wilson – see Wilson family page
  • 1929 – William Kilvert Howard

Mill Cottage

mill cottage

Mill Cottage courtesy of Google Street View June 2011

Known residents:


Obituaries / In Memoriam Index


June ARIS died 9 September 2017
JUNE ARIS 9th September 2017, 87 years old. June died peacefully surrounded by her family at home in Oxenholme, Cumbria. June was the most kind and loving wife, mum, friend, gran and great gran, she will be sorely missed. Thanks to family, friends and all the health care professionals who supported June and David. The funeral will take place at St Mark’s Church, Natland on Monday 18th September at 2pm. Please no flowers but the family would greatly appreciate donations to St John’s Hospice, Lancaster or care of Fishwicks Funeral Services, Beetham Hall, Milnthorpe.
Source: Westmorland Gazette, 14 September 2017


Winifred (Wendy) Balmer died 11 November 2016
BALMER Suddenly but peacefully on Friday 11th November at RLI. Winifred (Wendy) of Oxenholme aged 86 years. Dearly loved by her Shap family. Thanksgiving and burial at St. Mark’s Church, Natland on Tuesday 22nd November at 11.30 a.m. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to St. Mark’s Church c/o Ruxtons Fishwicks Funeral Service, 1 Wildman Street, Kendal LA9 6EN Tel: 01539 722299.

Gertrude (Trudy) Bateson died 8 February 2014
BATESON On 8th February GERTRUDE ( TRUDY) BATESON of 19 Bolefoot Oxenholme. Adored mother of John and widow of Ken. Private cremation. A celebration of Gertrude’s life will be held at the Station Inn Oxenholme.
Source: Westmorland Gazette, 13 February 2014


Ellen Cattanach (nee Dixon) died 1 August 2013
CATTANACH (nee Dixon) On Thursday 1st August, ELLEN MARJORIE aged 83 years. Late of Station Inn, Oxenholme. Loving sister of Joyce, Alan and Malcolm and the late Edward. Dearly loved by all her family. Reunited.
Source: Westmorland Gazette, on 8 August 2013


John (Jack) Robinson died April 2007
ROBINSON In loving memory of JOHN (JACK) died peacefully at home surrounded by all his family. Devoted husband to Joan, loving dad to Paul, Gary, Sharon, Carl and Ryan, stepdad to Colleen, Charmaine and Peter, loving grandad to Liam, Roxanne, Jessica, Andrew, Louis, Emily, Jules and Reece. Will always be sadly missed. Funeral service 2.00pm at Parish Church followed by committal at Parkside Road. Everyone welcome at 4 Bolefoot, Oxenholme afterwards. Donations to Cancer Research may be left at the church.
Source: Westmorland Gazette, 27 April 2007

Kathleen Robinson (nee Ingram ) died 9 November 2012
ROBINSON (nee Ingram) On Friday Nov. 9th peacefully at Gilling Reane KATHLEEN aged 85 yrs, dear wife of Wilson of Broad Lea, Oxenholme. Interment to take place at St. Mark’s Churchyard, Natland on Friday Nov. 16th at 2pm followed by memorial service at Stricklandgate Methodist Church at 3pm. Family flowers only but donations if desired between St. Mark’s Church, Natland and Stricklandgate Methodist Church. Enquiries and donations to T.E. Mason Funeral Director “Westmorland” Endmoor, Kendal, LA8 0EW. Tel: 015395 60600.
Source: Westmorland Gazette, 15 November 2012


Andrew Salisbury died 2 December 2004
SALISBURY ANDREW Happy 50th 19.9.1962 – 2.12.2004 You’re in our thoughts everyday. Sheila (Sis) Also a loving brother, uncle, brother-in-law and a good friend to many people.
Westmorland Gazette, 13 September 2012


Jane Thornburrow died 2 April 1897
THORNBURROW. – In loving memory of Jane, the beloved wife of Richard Thornburrow of Oxenholme Farm, who died April 2nd 1897. Gone but not forgotten.

Source: Westmorland Gazette, 9 April 1898

Page last updated: 13 November 2018

Emigrants Index

Known former residents of Oxenholme who have emigrated:


Ship: Otranto  Line: Orient  Departed: London 11 September 1913 Arrived: Sydney 23 October 1913

  • Hannah Mary ‘Ann’ Cragghill (1876-1944) – domestic – aged 34 – she later returned to Oxenholme to live
  • James Cragghill (1883-1961) – hairdresser – aged 30
  • Maria ‘Ria’ Cragghill (1888-1956) – domestic – aged 24
  • Thomas Cragghill (1893-1958) – cooper – aged 20

cragghill emigrations 11.09.1913 otranto london to sydney




  • William Harrison Thornburrow, a butcher by trade, was the publican at the Station Inn. He appears to have travelled to Canada early in 1907 and found a home in Winnipeg. His family followed in August 1907


Ship: Corsican Line: Allan Departed: Liverpool 8 August 1907 Arrived: Quebec 17 August 1907

  • Mary Agnes Thornburrow nee Smith (1876-1944) – aged 31
  • Alice Smith (1883-1961)  – aged 61
  • Alice Thornburrow (1888-1956) – aged 10
  • Jane ‘Jennie’ Thornburrow (1898-1958) – aged 8
  • Jim Thornburrow (1900-1982) – aged 7 – became a butcher – married Edythe Violet Sewell (1904-1994) in 1924
  • Ruth Thornburrow (1903-1932) – aged 5 – married Harold Clayton (1896-1953)

Corsican – the Thornburrow family experienced its maiden voyage from Liverpool to Quebec


United States

  • Walter Green, a groom, from 2 Natland Terrace emigrated to Hilton, New Jersey in 1910

Page last updated: 20 August 2018

Station Inn

station inn by alexander p kapp 2010

The Station Inn © Copyright Alexander P Kapp 2010 and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence

The Station Inn

Oxenholme, Kendal LA9 7RF

Tel: 01539 724094

Website: www.stationinnoxenholme.co.uk/

Contact: station.inn@btconnect.com


The Station Inn was formerly the Oxenholme Inn, a beerhouse. It was built shortly after the Ordnance Survey surveyed the area in 1858 for their latest map.
In 1862, George Teasdale, innkeeper of the nearby Beehive Inn at Old Hutton for thirteen years, was granted a licence to sell spirits at the Oxenholme Station Inn. George died just under four years later.

George’s widow, Isabella Teasdale (neé Mackereth), was innkeeper at the Oxenholme Inn in 1871. Before her death in January 1876, Isabella’s son, George Teasdale, had taken over as innkeeper and he was still in charge in 1881.

By 1891, the publican was James Freeman. At the time of the census, Thomas Mackereth Teasdale (brother of the former publican) was a visitor.

According to Frances Cross, her great-grandfather Tommy (Thomas Kendal) Cross owned the Oxenholme Inn in the late 1800s. He apparently lost it in a card game and eventually emigrated to the United States with his wife and several children.

By 1894, Thomas Askew, a coal dealer, was publican.

By 1901, William Harrison Thornburrow, a butcher by trade, was the Public House Keeper. He emigrated to Canada in 1907.

By 1906, Francis Edwin Baker was inn keeper and farmer.

Around 1928, John Cannon Dixon , Natland’s blacksmith, became landlord.

John’s son George Whitehead Dixon was landlord until his death in 1958.

From 1960 until 1991, the licencees were John Ormerod and his wife Joyce Ormerod (neé Dixon). Joyce was George Whitehead Dixon’s daughter.