Arnside: St James

Arnside: St James
Record Type:
Church code:
Westmorland & Furness
St. James Arnside

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is not a Listed Building
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

Approximate Date:
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Exterior Image

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Summary Description

Though Arnside has a spectacular setting over Milnthorpe Sands, and the church in on a hill within it, it is surrounded by housing and a school so can neither see nor be seen until alongside. The bellcote and lancet windows remain resolutely ‘chapel’ in character, though the size kept increasing to serve a growing permanent and visiting population, having been substantially extended twice in 1905 and 1914. The resulting proliferation of gables (some with awkward junctions) portrays a true parish centre of prolific activity, not insignificantly sited by a Church of England assisted school. The sea of pews flows around the columns separating nave from side aisles, but the outer north has been partitioned off for ancillary uses – proving both the practical benefits and how difficult it is to incorporate this successfully. The clerestory windows and dormers give the nave unexpected height and light, but it is the stained glass, some typical, some memorable, that illuminates the living history of this worshiping community.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
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Church Website

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Sources and Further Information

Church of England (2021) A Church Near You [Digital Archive/Index]
View information on worship and access at this church
ICBS (1817-1989) Incorporated Church Building Society Archive [Archive/Graphic material]

Ground plan

ICBS File Number - 06247

Coverage - 1866

Created by THOMPSON, Miles: d. c.1869 of Kendal

Church Buildings Council (2019) Church Bells 1 Bell [Archive/Index]
1 Bell