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St Peter's Church, Heversham, Cumbria
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member flipflopnick
N 54° 14.615 W 002° 46.495
30U E 514667 N 6010646
Quick Description: A church has probably stood on this site since the eleventh century. The present building is largely the result of restoration after a fire in 1601.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/4/2008 5:39:33 AM
Waymark Code: WM4W14
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
Views: 6

Long Description:
St Peter's Church in Heversham is the oldest recorded Church in the former county Westmorland. There are several ancient artefacts in the church to support this. It is thought that the site could have originated as an Anglican monastery in the seventh century, although the remains of Anglican cross shaft in the porch is the only tangible evidence. In the history of St Cuthbert, between 901 and 925 Tilred, abbot of Heversham, bought land in Co. Durham (?), half of which he dedicated to St Cuthbert so that he might be admitted as a monk to St Cuthbert's monastery at Lindisfarne. Tilred was probably anxious to quit Heversham on account of his fear of the Norse Vikings who were in his day settling in the surrounding district. (visit link) There is a fragment of an ancient cross-shaft built into the western wall.

St Peter's became a Parish church in 1180 as the list of incumbent clergy shows. The church is a mixture of different construction dates. The south arcade of the nave is Norman, the tower and north arcade are Victorian, most of the building dates from a rebuilding after a major fire in 1601. The 14 century door in the main porch is massive.
Inside is a huge iron-bound parish chest, said to be the oldest (c. 1400) and largest in the county. There are several stained glass windows.
Outside are some weather worn sandstone gargoyles.
There is no large church name sign.

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Date the Church was built, dedicated or cornerstone laid: 1/1/1180

Age of Church building determined by?: Historical Society

If denomination of Church is not part of the name, please provide it here: Anglican

If Church is open to the public, please indicate hours: From: 9:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

If Church holds a weekly worship service and "all are welcome", please give the day of the week: Sunday

Indicate the time that the primary worship service is held. List only one: 9:30 AM

Street address of Church:
Nr Milnthorpe, Cumbria England

Primary website for Church or Historic Church Building: [Web Link]

Secondary Website for Church or Historic Church Building: [Web Link]

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