Monday, 28 September 2009
Kendal Market Place\Branthwaite Brow
View of the rear of the chapel showing the many head stones...now removed from their original laying places and presented against the wall of the chapel.
Friday, 25 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Orton lays about four miles North of Tebay, along the B6260. These days the church is visible from a considerable distance, thanks to its white lime wash. It can be seen clearly above the roof line of the village. Indeed...to compare how the church looked before it had its traditional lime wash applied, check link out.
For more information on the village of Orton, check the Visit Cumbria link out. The church is set off the North of the village, with large church yards to the front and to the rear. There is ample parking nearby, and also a small car park within the church yard. The church was open the day I visited as there were some repairs taking place. Local tradition says that there was a church here prior to the 13th century...probably built of wood...but it wasn't until the 1200's that a stone building was erected. This 13th century structure would have consisted of a chancel, nave and South and North transepts...and there's even supposition that there may have been a central tower. Two intriguing clues allude to this original tower, and they are an overly large pier between the North boundary of the South aisle and the nave, and a corresponding but smaller pier in the South wall of the chancel. These two pieces of masonry may have been built to support the weight of any tower here. As it is, the West tower seen today, dates from the about 1504. At the same time the tower was built, the North aisle was probably added.
The internal photo below, shows a view looking from the East end of the church towards the tower at the West end. The late 15th\early 16th century roof timbers can just be seen in this photo. The piers\arches to the right of this photo, represent the North aisle, and all date from the 15th century. The piers\arches to the left of this photo, represent the South aisle. The pier furthest away probably dates from the 16th century, whilst the large foreground pier is the one mentioned above....dating from the 13th century, and probably large enough to support the weight of one side of the central tower. If you look closely at the photo when it's full screened (click on it to see it full screen) you will see the what looks like a piece of unfinished masonry about half way up the pier. This would suggest that there was an arch here at some point in the past. The corresponding pier on the North aisle has long since been demolished.
The bells, as seen in the photo below, are all of particular interest. The largest bell, in the centre, is inscribed SOLI DEI GLORIA and is dated 1637. It also had the initials IC and CP inscribed upon it. The second largest of the bells, on the right hand side, is inscribed OMNIU SANCTORU and has a shield inscribed upon it with the initials LB. This bell was cast in 1530 by John Wooley and was part of the original peel of four bells. The smallest of the three, on the left of the photo, is inscribed IESVS BE OVR SPEED, and is dated 1637. The church has a peel of eight bells, housed in the tower.
This area was bought by the Kendal Quakers in 1656, for the sum of £9 and 3p. A local story tells us that it was extended at some point, to accommodate Underbarrow's Quakers after their own burial site was apparently ploughed up by a disgruntled member of their congregation. During the 17th and 18th centuries, the Quakers of Kendal were not allowed to bury their dead in church yards or cemeteries, and were obliged to therefore find alternative 'out of town' burial sites. A 1662 act called the 'Five Mile Act' forbade Quakers and other non-conformists, from entering towns such as Kendal, and especially from burying their dead within the town boundaries.
Monday, 21 September 2009
The church is freely accessible and there is a limited amount of parking nearby. The manorial earthworks are a short walk behind the church, and can be seen from the road side.
Friday, 18 September 2009
Another view of the church from the South, showing the massive windows in the South aisle's South wall, and the bricked up 12th century doorway. The blocked window to the right of the photo, was probably blocked by the Huddlestone family when they took possession of the castle in the 1240's. The blocked window was used as a backdrop for some family monuments.
Middleton's beautiful but simple church can be found on the A683 about eight miles South of Sedbergh, and about five miles North of Barbon. The A683 roughly follows the old Roman Road, with sections of the modern road laying over the older route. Some sections of the Roman Road however, lay alongside its modern counterpart, and can be traced in the fields. This area is littered with Roman and Medieval remains. To the North of the church lays Middleton Hall, a beautiful example of a Medieval fortified manor house. A Roman milestone, found some years back, has been erected on the portion of the Roman Road running parallel with the church yard. Middleton Hall is surrounded by earthworks representing Medieval fish ponds, as well as the earthwork remains of prehistoric homesteads.
The church, Grade II listed, was built in 1878/79 to designs by C.J. Ferguson. The church has a single, very simple centrally placed bell cote with buttresses either side. There are a number of stained glass windows here at Middleton.
Check this link out. One of which is very peculiar. It shows Jesus blessing a kneeling man. If you look closely however, the kneeling man appears to have two left feet!
The church is built on the site of an earlier church, probably erected around 1634. The only sign of this earlier building, is a sandstone date stone mounted in one of the church yard walls (see below)
The tower is the dominant feature of this church.....standing with its huge diagonal buttresses, saddle back roof and stair turret. It is this feature that is first seen when approaching the church from the West. A stone plaque above the porch tells the visitor that this church replaced an earlier one, built in 1726. Nothing appears to remain of the original church.The photo below shows a view looking from the nave into the chancel.
Nr Kirkby Lonsdale
This tiny church has a spacious feeling once inside. My favourite feature had to be the apse at the East end of the church...beautifully painted and perfectly lit. The Images of England web site has the church named as St Bartholomew....I'm not sure where this comes from as all other sources name it as All Saints. It was originally built as a chapel of ease...probably to St Mary's of Kirkby Lonsdale.This Grade II church was built in 1867, and consists of a nave and a chancel housed in the apse.
St Lukes is hidden away, about five miles North West of Penny Bridge, off the A5092. To find the church, you must turn onto the A5084, and then take a left out of the village of Lowick. The church is on your right....with Lowick Hall some two hundred yards to the West, visible through the trees.
This church, a Grade II listed building, is resplendent in its red and grey stone facing. Built in 1865 (according to Images of England) or 1818 (according to GENUKI) the church no doubt replaced a chapel mentioned in documents dated 1577. Unfortunately this was another church kept locked, so I haven't managed to gain entry yet.There is ample parking just across the road.