Aldingham St Cuthbert

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Aldingham St Cuthbert
Carlisle Diocese Code: 7030
National Church Code: 607155
LB Unique ID: 75775
Latitude: 54.130155
Longitude: -3.097977
Aldingham Church hugs the Cumbrian side of Morecambe Bay and is open to the wild beauty of the Bay area. It is an idyllic location 3 miles along the ‘Coast Road’ from Ulverston just beyond the villages of Baycliffe and Scales, and attracts ma
Aldingham St Cuthbert
Aldingham, Dendron, Rampside and Urswick

The Church is largely of Norman origin (12th century) but a worn Anglo-Saxon cross fragment in the east wall and some evidence of Viking burials suggests a much older sacred site. It was extended substantially during the time of Revd. John Stonnard.


Grade II*
Although the church is not in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty it is in an area of designated county landscape importance. It is also within the Morecambe Bay site of special scientific interest.
II-Stonard monument
Craig & Meyer Architects, 113 Duke Street, Barrow-in-furness, Cumbria. LA14 1XA.

A church that requires careful historic study and in a beautiful setting overlooking Morecambe Bay. The dedication is said to refer to the monks of Lindisfarne stopping here with the St Cuthbert’s coffin. Aldingham is mentioned in the Domesday book and the first rector of the church, a le Fleming, is recorded in 1180. Pevsner says the chancel with its priest’s doorway “is the most valuable piece” as it dates from the c 1300. The difference in the ages of the arcades is so clearly identifiable here; the north row is of 1845 but the southern row has round, and much lower, Norman arches with one waterleaf capital and, it is suggested, was also part of the original church. Although the nave roof has a ceiling the chancel roof structure is exposed and the timbers are interesting and may have been re-used form a shipwreck. The interior fittings are quite fine with a late seventeenth century Communion Rail and box pews from the middle of the nineteenth century.

Earliest church/monks of Lindesfarne

Nationally important

Communion railAncient' and peaceful

There is a toilet very close by specifically available to users of the church. There is a kitchen/servery within the church. There is community use of the church, most notably exhibitions, craft sales and concerts.

Reordering would impact on significance Lack of facilities

Phil Lister