Eskdale, Irton, Muncaster and Waberthwaite

The Revd Canon Gilll Hart
2 Smithy Banks
CA19 1TP
01946 724724

Eskdale St CatherineChurch SIF Form »

Near Boot, in Eskdale
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St Catherine’s is the parish Church of Eskdale. It is situated outside of the village of Boot and beside the river Esk adjacent to the stepping stones over the river. The Church is accessed down a narrow lane with limited parking. The church stands in a large, well-kept churchyard and is regularly used for worship by the community. It is a popular venue for weddings and is within an easy walk of a Holy Well.

11am Eucharist

11am Eucharist

St Bega's ChurchChurch SIF Form »

Eskdale Green: in the centre of the village, on the right as you go east up the valley

It houses a Post Office for the village

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9.30am Morning Prayer

9.30am Family Communion

Irton St PaulChurch SIF Form »

Between Holmrook (on A595) and Santon
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The Celtic Cross amidst the other grave stones in the churchyard bears witness to this being a meeting place for Christians in the ninth century, probably earlier. The present, rather grand Victorian, Church (a Grade II* listed building) has recently ha

9.30 am Eucharist

11.00 am Eucharist

Muncaster St Michael and All AngelsChurch SIF Form »  |  Location Map »

The church is some distance south of Ravenglass village. Use the southern (or coach) entrance to Muncaster Castle (SatNav CA18 1RJ) just off the A595

The church's setting means it is a popular venue for weddings, both strongly in its own right and also in conjunction with Muncaster castle; the importance of keeping the whole fabric of the church and the churchyard attractive is an important element in this. Similarly, it is popular locally for baptisms and inevitably, funerals, which can fill the church to capacity and beyond.

An equally important part of the parish is the church room; this is sited prominently in the village of Ravenglass and has become a popular weekly venue for Wednesday coffee mornings both for villagers and visitors. Being sited within easy waling distance for village residents. It is licensed for church services, and is so used from time to time, especially at major Christian festivals. Its convenience has brought villagers unable or unwilling to make the journey to the main church. It is also used and for fund-raising events, which can be quite profitable in view of the high visitor footfall in the village

The village of Ravenglass, dating back to the Roman occupation of Britain (AD43 to c.AD410) is unusual in that the church, dedicated to Saint Michael and All Angels, is some distance away surrounded by the gardens of Muncaster Castle. This reflects its close links with the Pennington family who have been at Muncaster since at least 1208. Before that, the monks of Furness Abbey had recognised that on this great Fell they could safely live and graze their sheep.

The current church dates from sometime in the 12th century although the site had been of religious significance to the local community probably from pre-Christian times. An Anglo-Norse preaching cross in the churchyard dates from around cAD950 and an ancient burial mound is also present.

The church is Grade 1 listed, having been reworked in the 16th century. There have been later additions and alterations, including a restoration and the addition of a north transept in 1874 by Anthony Salvin. Further repairs and a renovation were carried out for the 2000 Millennium with the aid of a substantial English Heritage grant. In the north transept is an interesting Forster and Andrews organ. The church has particularly fine stained glass windows in the arts and Crafts style and the Madonna and Child in the vestry is possibly by William Morris himself.

Two thirds of the churchyard is now closed and maintained by Copeland Borough Council. In the open section of the churchyard, spaces remain available for burials and there is a Garden of Remembrance for the interment of ashes.

11.00am Eucharist

11.00am Eucharist

Waberthwaite St JohnChurch SIF Form »

In a farm yard one mile off the A595
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Waberthwaite Church is remarkable in location and in simplicity. Its history is not exciting - it has sat by the estuary of the River Esk for over a thousand years. It is a simple barn shaped building with box pews and a graveyard that is at its best i

9.30 am Eucharist

9.30 am Eucharist