Dacre: St Andrew

Dacre: St Andrew
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Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade I Listed Building
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Scheduled Monument?
There is no Scheduled Monument within the curtilage or precinct

National Park

The church is in the following National Park: Lake District National Park

Conservation Area

The church is not in a Conservation Area

Heritage At Risk Status

On Heritage At Risk Register?
This church is not on the Heritage at Risk Register

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Summary Description

Essentially a C12th church with C13th north and south aisles and aisle arcades, some late C17th work and with the familiar C19th “restorations” and “improvements”. Unusually the 19th Century work does not obtrude. The architectural character of the various building phases is clearly recognisable with the chancel retaining its C12th narrow round headed windows and priest’s door. The aisle arcades, circular and octagonal columns and capitals are of simple Early English style although the segmental headed windows to the north and south aisles seem to owe more to the Decorated style of the C14th than to the C13th. Irregularities in the bond of the jamb stones suggest the possibility that these windows may have been modified or replaced. They appear to have had hood mouldings with label stops in the style of the C13th window inserted in the south wall of the Chancel to the west of the priest’s door. There are other anomalies. The arch over the priest’s door has clearly been assembled from reclaimed voussoirs of a radius completely inappropriate to the width of the opening. The Norman tower has been extensively rebuilt in the early C19th and has acquired a Gothic Revival character externally while retaining the C12th arched opening between the tower and the nave. The nave appears to have been raised in height to accommodate rectangular clerestory lights. The open timber roof to the nave is reputedly C17th and it seems likely that the clerestory windows also date from this period. Externally walling stonework varies in colour and character according to the build period and the material available. Early work ranges in colour from a light mauve/pink to red while the C19th repairs and alterations are clearly distinguished by the use of uniformly red sandstone likely to have been imported from a different area. Internally there are C18th & C19th monuments to the Hasell family of Dalmain, a late C17th altar rail and a door lock to the priest door donated by Lady Anne Clifford, Countess of Pembroke. The priest door has a most interesting shutter arrangement to allow ventilation while retaining security.

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Sources and Further Information

CWGC (2016) Commonwealth War Graves Commission CWGC Unique File Reference Number: 3392 [Bibliography/Data]
Number of War Graves: 1
Church of England (2021) A Church Near You https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/12304/ [Digital Archive/Index]
View information on worship and access at this church
Church Buildings Council (2019) Church Bells 3 Bells [Archive/Index]
3 Bells