Diocese of Carlisle

Penrith Deanery

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Penrith deanery starts at the River Eamont south of Penrith and stretches about one mile north of Low Hesket to the North. Our east west borders are on the tops of the fells.

On the East we go from the Pennines including Cross Fell over to the West past Lake Ullswater to the top of Helvellyn. This would make for an interesting walk of the deanery boundary! The deanery has an adult population of about 30,000 half of which make up the market town of Penrith.

We have 34 church buildings which are divided into seven Benefices. Two team ministries at Penrith and Greystoke. Our largest group of rural parishes is a group of eight parishes on the East fellside. The main employment throughout the deanery would be in connection with the tourist trade. Many of the churches in the area are of historical interest, making good tourist attractions.

Other areas of employment is involved with the food trade with Greggs Bakery in Penrith and Bell's Bakery at Lazonby. We are a deanery which is heavily involved in agriculture with auction Marts at Penrith and Lazonby, but in percentage terms of employment this is low. Penrith has two large Secondary schools and just outside the town is the University of Central Lancaster Cumbria Campus Newton Rigg.

Deanery Prayer

Dear God and Father, you sent your Son that we might be your people. We thank you for your people in the past who have made it possible for us to believe in You.

We pray for all who visit our church buildings, that by your Spirit, they may see the truth of your word, and become part of your Kingdom. We ask this in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


Rural Dean
The Rev David Sargent 
The Rectory
3 Lamley Gardens
Graham Street
CA11 9LR
T: 01768 863000
E: revdave.sargent@outlook.com

Lay Chair
Canon Bryan Gray

T: 01768 889073/07802 950111 
E: bryangray@bryangray.co.uk