Urswick St Mary the Virgin & St Michael

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Urswick St Mary the Virgin & St Michael
Carlisle Diocese Code: 7033
National Church Code: 607198
LB Unique ID: 75884
Latitude: 54.158276
Longitude: -3.121862
Church Road, Great Urswick, Cumbria SD 269 742
Urswick St Mary the Virgin & St Michael
Aldingham, Dendron, Rampside and Urswick

Reputedly the most ancient church in Furness. In the 12c the monks who built Furness Abbey took charge of St Marys in the Fields which is believed to have been in existence for 200-300 years at that time.

Grade I
Historical setting
-Beautiful setting
War memorial outside churchyard on Church property, Yew trees by main church gate.
Mr Malcolm GW Craig RIBA, AABC, Craig & Meyer Architects LLP, 111 Duke Street, Barrow, Cumbria. LA14 1XA. 01229 820072 malcolm@craigandmeyer.com

It is suggested that the church has very early origins because the restoration of 1909 revealed the ‘Tunwini’ cross, which may be as early as the 7th century. The roof trusses are kingposts with arch braces and struts and have carved on them the date of 1598; the timbers also exhibit evidence of the inserted Georgian ceiling (taken down in 1900-1910 when the plaster was also removed from the walls). Here, once again, we see an ancient church that has a greater significance because of the modifications to the fabric over time. There is a late Georgian gallery at the west end and miraculously a three-decker pulpit with a later tester which is part of the abundance of timber fittings by the famous Camden Guild. Most impressive is the oak Reredos (which includes a painting by the local artist James Cranke (b. 1707), the choir stalls and rood beam and all with fine carving; specific items are by Alec Miller (1879- 1961) and it is this association with C.R. Ashbee that heightens the significance of the church. Some of the more mundane yet practical features are also worthy of note including the Arts & Crafts influenced door locks.

Possible Roman monastery

Reordering not possible-

Yes, used for concerts and exhibitions

W.C in adjacent Parish Room, Kitchen available, can also be used for meetings.

Maggie Turbitt
Church Warden