To very many Mossop descendants, the parish of St. Bridget Beckermet is "Home".    William Mossop who died at Prior Scales in the Calder Valley in January 1685 founded a dynasty with hundreds of descendants now worldwide.    


The tiny old church of St. Bridget, Beckermet served the parish for generations
It is still used as the parish burial ground and is occasionally for services
Very many Mossop headstones are evident and even more of the family are buried here
The church is situated down a long track towards the sea and would have been a
substantial journey for those living at the other end of the parish in the upper Calder Valley


This is the simple interior of old St. Bridget, Beckermet


The "new" church of St. Bridget in the centre of Calderbridge was built in 1842

It is used for services but has no graveyard


Grant Dixon's great-grandparents Clement Mossop and Ann Poole
kept the Golden Fleece in Calderbridge from the 1850s until Clement's death in 1871.
Prior to that it had been kept by William Jackson, a very famous Cumberland wrestler.
It is still a thriving hostelry


CALDERBRIDGE MAIN STREET (Kindly contributed by John Williamson)

This house in Calderbridge was inhabited by Isaac Mossop (1784-1860), his wife Sarah Holliday and their family.

Isaac was a Miller and the decoration is supposed to represent a loaf of bread.

However, above the door, under the initials I.M., is a date of 1727, much too early for this Isaac.

It may have been inhabited by an earlier Isaac Mossop or someone with the same initials.

If it had not been built as early as this, there may have been a mistake in the date or

it may have been reclaimed from another building.