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St Mary's Church

Cumbria (ex Cumberland & Westmorland)

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The fine iron gates, the entrance to St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale, were erected in 1823 and restored in 2009.

St Mary is an active Anglican Church is in the town of Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, England. The church contains Norman architecture and is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building and well worth a visit. The oldest parts of the church are Norman, though these have survived from the Norman rebuild of an earlier Saxon church. St Mary's Church has three doorways and the inner north arcades date from the early 12th century, and the base of the tower and the south arcade are from the later 12th century. The north and south walls of St Mary's Church were demolished and rebuilt. A chantry chapel was added to St Mary's Church northeast of the church in 1486. In the 16th century a new clerestory, pinnacles and battlements were added, and in 1574 an additional aisle was built further north of the existing north aisle giving more or less the shape of the church now. The top of the tower was rebuilt in 1705, and though the chantry chapel was demolished at that time the lower parts of the tower are Norman and cut a fine profile when viewed from the west end exterior. In 1807 the clerestory, battlements and pinnacles were removed by Francis Webster, who added an overall roof and St Mary's Church was further restored in 1866 by E. G. Paley. He raised the roof, giving the outer north aisle a separate roof, reseated the church, re-floored the chancel, added a south porch and installed a screen and a font. St Mary's is constructed in stone with slate roofs and is a wide church with a rectangular plan, apart from the south porch It has a nave and a chancel, one south and two north aisles, a south porch and a west tower embraced by the aisles. The tower of St Mary's Church is in four stages; the parapets of the tower and the body of the church are embattled and the top stages of the tower are Perpendicular. Three Norman doorways have survived, one at the base of the tower, the other two on the south side of the church. The 19th century south porch, now the main entrance, is in Neo-Norman style. The windows along the side of the church are square-headed and contain differing numbers of lights.

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Left: You turn off Market Street by the Sun and approach the iron gated entrance to St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale.

 

The south-west view of St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale, with the south porch main entrance.

 

 

The south-east view of St Mary's Church. In the centre is the Norman priests doorway.

 

The west end view of St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale. The finely carved Norman doorway is in the centre embraced by the north and south aisles.

Is that another small Norman doorway on the left?

The west tower of St Mary's Church contains a ring of six bells, all cast in 1825 by Thomas Mears II of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

 

 

Details of the west end Romanesque Norman doorway beneath the tower of St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale.

 

The 2010 Garden of Remembrance in the graveyard-churchyard of St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale.

 

 

The neo-Norman architecture of the south porch entrance to St Mary's Church.

 

A small stone coffin by the south porch of St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale.

 

A south wall 'Romanesque' entrance doorway and the south porch entrance of St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale. Within the south porch is the restored Norman doorway.

 

A Norman window and font in St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale. The font originates from a 14th-century chapel at Killington and is set on a 19th-century base.

The three light east window of St Mary's Church. The east window consists of three lancets with a vesica above.
 

The east window and another of the fine stained glass windows in St Mary's Church. The Reredos above the altar of St Mary's Church is in alabaster with mosaic decoration.

 

Most of the stained glass is by Lavers, Barraud and Westlake, but there are also windows by Heaton, Butler and Bayne (designed by Henry Holiday), by Shrigley and Hunt and by William Wailes.

 

One of the many fine stained glass windows of St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale and the fine carved pulpit. The pulpit is dated 1619, but has been reduced in size since.   Beyond the pulpit you can see the two-manual pipe organ, built in the 1860s by Forster and Andrews and rebuilt and enlarged in 1925 by Jardine and Company. The organ was extensively rebuilt in 1972 by Laycock and Bannister.

 

An old sundial.

 

The very fine elaborately flamboyantly carved cupboard dated 1665 from in St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale

 

An interior view of the chevron carved Norman priests doorway in the south aisle wall of St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale.

 

More of the stained glass windows in St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale (Faith, Charity and Hope).

 

 

Memorial monument plaque to William Sturgeon, scientist and inventor.

 

 

 

? Chapel and piscina in the chancel.

 

 

The huge brass lectern and the old Norman doorway from the nave into the base of the tower of St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale.

 

 

The wonderful carving on the Norman pillars in the nave of St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale (similar to that in Durham Cathedral).

 

The west part of the north arcade between the nave and the inner north aisle is early Norman with round arches; some of its piers have incised decoration similar to that on the piers in Durham Cathedral. Look up to at the fine carvings on some of the older capitals (see images further down the page)

 

The carved capitals of the multi-columned pillars of the nave of St Mary's Church.

 

The older pillars on the left and the later pointed arches of the south nave of St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale.

 

Another view from the south aisle across the nave to the west end of the north aisle of St Mary's Church.

 

View from the east end of the south aisle, across the nave to the west end of the north aisle.

 

The arches of the south arcade of St Mary's Church (above) are later and simpler style. To the east ends of the arcades, the arches are pointed. The easternmost pier of the south arcade contains a piscina. The outer north arcade is in Perpendicular style.

 

 

Looking east down the nave of St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale to the chancel, altar and east window.

 

On the right is the north aisle of St Mary's Church.

 

Linear view of the nave and chancel of St Mary's Church.

 

The north aisle of St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale, noting the fine carving of the older Norman piers.

 

 

The fine surviving carvings on the capitals of the older pillars of the nave of St Mary's Church, Kirkby Lonsdale.

 

More fine decoration and a strange face!

 

 

 

Some of the fine carvings on the capitals of the nave pillars - a strange face - a 'green man'?.

 

Animal carvings on the capital.

 

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