Friday, 28 November 2008

Bootle, St Michael

St Michael
Nr Millom

This great looking red and grey church, can be found in the small village of Bootle some ten miles to the North West of Millom. Sheltering under the shadows of Black Combe to the South East, it is a welcome flash of colour. The drive along the A595 between Millom and Muncaster is a beautiful coastal tour, stretching some 20 miles or so. There are a number of picturesque villages to visit along the way. St Michael's lays at the Northern tip of the village, and is open most days for inspection.

There are elements of Norman architecture in this church, with a tower dating from the 1860's or 1870's.

The above hatchment belongs to Richard Hutton (died 1704), possibly the vicar here.

The font probably dates from the early 1500's....indeed the initials carved on its sides may refer to the rector of the church in the 1530's, Robert Brown.

The beautiful gold roof in the chancel.

This brass commemorates Sir Hugh Askew, who was knighted at the battle of Musselburgh in 1547.

A view towards the tower, with its huge arch.

The church is a beautiful landmark as you pass out of Bootle on your way to Muncaster, and, apart from when services are taking place, seems to be open.

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