Coniston: St Andrew

Coniston: St Andrew
Record Type:
Church code:
Westmorland & Furness
Coniston and Torver

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade II Listed Building
View more information about this Listed Building on the National Heritage List for England web site
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 in a Conservation Area

Heritage At Risk Status

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

Approximate Date

Approximate Date:
Post Medieval

Exterior Image

Exterior image of 607172 Coniston St Andrew
Exterior image of 607172 Coniston St Andrew
Photograph of the exterior of St Andrew church Coniston taken 7 September 2015
Year / Date:
Philip Platt
Philip Platt

Summary Description

The Le Fleming family built a chapel here in 1586 and this was not replaced until 1819 when a typically Georgian building was erected. Pevsner and others refer to the chapel of 1819 as by J. Matson but again the listing description raises queries as it claims that Matson designed the significant alterations of 1891. There is little of the 1819 furnishings remaining and only the Le Fleming brass from the Elizabethan times. The church is simple in its design but with curious segmental arches over some of the windows. Some good stained glass with the west window of 1893 by Kempe. A pleasant interior with a gallery but in terms of significance it is perhaps the associations with John Ruskin that stand out. In the last years of his life, Ruskin lived close by at Brantwood and was buried here in 1900. His grave is marked by a cross, designed by W.G Collingwood who is also buried here, representing Ruskin’s work.

Visiting and Facilities

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Church Website

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Sources and Further Information

Philip Platt (2015) Exterior image of 607172 Coniston St Andrew [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior image of 607172 Coniston St Andrew
Basher Eyre (2015) Interior image of 607172 Coniston St Andrew [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Interior image of 607172 Coniston St Andrew
CWGC (2016) Commonwealth War Graves Commission CWGC Unique File Reference Number: 1994 [Bibliography/Data]
Number of War Graves: 1
Church of England (2021) A Church Near You [Digital Archive/Index]
View information on worship and access at this church
Church Buildings Council (2019) Church Bells 2 Bells [Archive/Index]
2 Bells