Diocese of Carlisle

Windermere Deanery

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From the Langdales to Morecambe Bay, fells, valleys, meres and pastoral tranquillity this is the Windermere Deanery. Tourism is our staple industry, from the milling crowds of Bowness to the poetic calm of Rydal and William Wordsworth.

Not to be outdone Sawrey near Hawkshead boasts Beatrix Potter and nearby in Rusland is the grave of Arthur Ransome. Westminster Bridge, Wild Cat Island and Jemima Puddleduck in many ways sums up this part of Cumbria. Intellectual, recreation and fund. There are twenty-one parishes from high to nearly low, from urban to rural from the might of Cartmel to the humility of Colton, if you can find it, halfway up a fell side.

Rydal Hall is neatly situated in the Deanery. As a tourist area it is not, as some suppose, rich and the growing number of holiday homes is a constant worry; in some parishes as much as 50% of all dwellings are holiday homes. Despite this Windermere is an exporting Deanery in that it contributes more to the Diocese coffers than is required to run the parishes and the number of stipendiary priests is now down to nine.

We have a happy Synod and a Rural Dean and lay chairman who complement one another and are working to make the Deanery an entity rather than just a name.

Deanery Prayer

Lord thank you for the beauty that surrounds us, that speaks to us of you. Keep us - and those who visit us - open to you through your creation. Amen.


Rural Dean
The Rev John Dixon
The Vicarage
Vicarage Lane
LA22 0PD
T: 015394 36301
E: jjcedixon@btinternet.com

Lay Chair
Helen Hoyle
1 Crabtree Cottages
T: 015394 48760/07814 501358 
E: helenlouisehoyle@hotmail.co.uk