Natland: St Mark

Name:
Natland: St Mark
Record Type:
Church
Church code:
607232
Diocese:
Carlisle
Archdeaconry:
Westmorland & Furness
Parish:
Natland

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 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:
Victorian/Pre-WWI

Exterior Image

Exterior image of 607232 St Mark, Natland
Caption:
Exterior image of 607232 St Mark, Natland
Description:
Photograph of the exterior of St Mark, Natland.
Year / Date:
2008, June 27
Copyright:
Alexander P Kapp
Originator:
Alexander P Kapp

Summary Description

Set back from the village green, the tower is so bold as to shield most of the church from view. A fine yew ‘arch leads the short distance to the east lobby, so visitors remain unprepared for what lies within. The axial symmetry of Perpendicular for tower, nave, chancel and aisles is clear inside but lost externally, partly behind the East Chapel and Vestries; all this suggests a church designed from the inside, out. Having ‘squeezed’ through the small draught lobby (heightening anticipation?), visitors must pass between a ‘trinity’ of two monumental columns and a plinth of the columns’ diameter on which is set the font. Sculpted – carved – from sandstone (pink hues outside, soft cool grey inside), the arcaded aisles make this an awesome space executed with Arts & Crafts attention to detail (stone and wood carving, light fittings, etc.) under a tunnel-vault ceiling of trusses with arc struts. The Chancel would do justice to an abbey or small cathedral in its proportions and craftsmanship, overlooked by the famous east window of 1947 by G. E. R. Smith, (featuring, it is said, local people) in an array of WWII service uniforms and others who served; an important social record. Other fine windows in the East Chapel (also Smith, 1939) and south aisle. Paley & Austin at their best; exemplary.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
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Church Website

Church Website:
https://natlandnews.blogspot.com/p/st-marks-church_15.html

Sources and Further Information

Antiquarian Horological Society (2015) AHS Turret Clock database Unique Number ID: 1654 [Digital Archive/Data]
01/10/2015
Alexander P Kapp (2008, June 27) Exterior image of 607232 St Mark, Natland [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior image of 607232 St Mark, Natland
Alexander P Kapp (2008, June 27) Interior image of 607232 St Mark, Natland [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Interior image of 607232 St Mark, Natland
CWGC (2016) Commonwealth War Graves Commission CWGC Unique File Reference Number: 01977A [Bibliography/Data]
Number of War Graves: 2
Church of England (2021) A Church Near You https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/12388/ [Digital Archive/Index]
View information on worship and access at this church
ICBS (1817-1989) Incorporated Church Building Society Archive https://images.lambethpalacelibrary.org.uk/luna/servlet/detail/LPLIBLPL~34~34~43216~108978 [Archive/Graphic material]

Elevation and Ground plan

ICBS File Number - 00399

Coverage - 1822

Created by ?Kendal May; WEBSTER, George: b. 1797 - d. 1864 of Kendal

ICBS (1817-1989) Incorporated Church Building Society Archive https://images.lambethpalacelibrary.org.uk/luna/servlet/detail/LPLIBLPL~34~34~43226~108979 [Archive/Graphic material]

Ground plan

ICBS File Number - 00399

Coverage - 1826

Created by ?WEBSTER, George: b. 1797 - d. 1864 of Kendal

ICBS (1817-1989) Incorporated Church Building Society Archive https://images.lambethpalacelibrary.org.uk/luna/servlet/detail/LPLIBLPL~34~34~154164~121251 [Archive/Graphic material]

Ground plan

ICBS File Number - 10850

Coverage - 1910

Created by AUSTIN (HENRY) & PALEY (HARRY ANDERSON)

James Miles (2019) Church Bells 2 Bells [Archive/Index]
2 Bells