St Andrew

According to architectural historian Nicholas Pevsner, this is ‘the stateliest church of its time in the county’, rebuilt in 1720 on an ancient site, St Andrew’s.

About this church

The splendid and spacious Georgian internal layout remains intact, with its galleries on three sides supported by two tiers of columns, and a richly decorated boxpanelled ceiling.

The large, vibrant stained glass east window is surrounded by colourful Victorian murals.

In the graveyard is the Giant's Thumb, a grave consisting of two tall Norse crosses between which lie four hogback stones, or gravemarkers. Legend has it that this is the grave of Owen Caesarius, King of Cumbria 920-937, or his son.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches


St Michael

Situated within open countryside with views to the Lakeland fells, St Michael';s church lies on a mound in the centre of a circular graveyard, perhaps a pre Christian site.


St Andrew

Beautiful Norman church on site of 7th century monastery in peaceful Lakeland location and home of the Dacre Bears, four unique medieval stone statues.

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