Urswick: St Mary Virgin & St Michael

Urswick: St Mary Virgin & St Michael
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Church code:
Westmorland & Furness

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade I 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 not in a 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

Approximate Date

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Exterior Image

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Summary Description

It is suggested that the church has very early origins because the restoration of 1909 revealed the ‘Tunwini’ cross, which may be as early as the 7th century. The roof trusses are kingposts with arch braces and struts and have carved on them the date of 1598; the timbers also exhibit evidence of the inserted Georgian ceiling (taken down in 1900-1910 when the plaster was also removed from the walls). Here, once again, we see an ancient church that has a greater significance because of the modifications to the fabric over time. There is a late Georgian gallery at the west end and miraculously a three-decker pulpit with a later tester which is part of the abundance of timber fittings by the famous Camden Guild. Most impressive is the oak Reredos (which includes a painting by the local artist James Cranke (b. 1707), the choir stalls and rood beam and all with fine carving; specific items are by Alec Miller (1879- 1961) and it is this association with C.R. Ashbee that heightens the significance of the church. Some of the more mundane yet practical features are also worthy of note including the Arts & Crafts influenced door locks.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
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Church Website

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Sources and Further Information

Alexander P Kapp (of geograph.org.uk) (2008, June 27) Interior image of 607198 St Mary the Virgin & St Michael, Great Urswick [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Interior image of 607198 St Mary the Virgin & St Michael, Great Urswick
CWGC (2016) Commonwealth War Graves Commission CWGC Unique File Reference Number: 2083 [Bibliography/Data]
Number of War Graves: 5
Church of England (2021) A Church Near You https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/12353/ [Digital Archive/Index]
View information on worship and access at this church
Church Buildings Council (2019) Church Bells 6 Bells [Archive/Index]
6 Bells