The small Cumbrian village of Edenhall can be found about three miles North East of Penrith, just off the A686. The church lays down a lane leading to an area known as Church Wood….and here the red sandstone building stands alone in the fields, with the River Eden to its East.
The church is a mixture of 12th, 14th and 15th century architecture. The three storey 15th century West tower is reputed to have been built with defence in mind…certainly the walls are very thick here with wide diagonal buttresses.
The tower also possesses a good set of machicolations…..gaps that face downwards in the crenelations that top the tower. These additions would have enabled anyone seeking refuge in the tower to fire or drop objects on anyone seeking to enter the tower uninvited. They could be purely for decoration though…or even drainage, as the tower has a small spire that sits on an otherwise flat roof.
The tower is accessed via a very narrow stairway, with a tall narrow door at the top. To get to the doorway, a set of stairs must first be climbed which then open out onto a gallery. This would have made the tower difficult to access, and easy to defend.