Ambleside: St Mary

Ambleside: St Mary
Record Type:
Church code:
Westmorland & Furness

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 the following Conservation Area: Ambleside

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

Exterior image of 607241 St Mary, Ambleside
Exterior image of 607241 St Mary, Ambleside
Photograph of the exterior of St Mary, Ambleside.
Year / Date:
2012, October 04
David Purchase
David Purchase

Summary Description

Built between 1850 and 1854 the church is attributed, in the listing description, to the architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott but he wasn’t born until 1880. The architect was in fact his grandfather Sir George Gilbert Scott. A less ornate ‘Gothic’ style than many Victorian churches its design is said to be an early example of the influence of the Oxford Movement, an affiliate of High Church Anglicans. There are also associations with the architects Austin and Paley who added the octagonal choir vestry in 1889. As with a number of the churches in the area there are examples of stained glass by Henry Holiday amongst others. The interior is enlivened by twentieth century additions including the Mural of 1944 depicting the rush-bearing procession. This was created by Gordon Ransom during the evacuation of the Royal College of Art and it is stunning in its use of subliminal pastel colours. There are also sculptures by the internationally renowned artist Josefina de Vasconcellos who lived in Ambleside.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
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Church Website

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Sources and Further Information

Antiquarian Horological Society (2015) AHS Turret Clock database Unique Number ID: 391 [Digital Archive/Data]
David Purchase (2012, October 04) Exterior image of 607241 St Mary, Ambleside [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior image of 607241 St Mary, Ambleside
Alexander P Kapp (2007, June 04) Interior image of 607241 St Mary, Ambleside. [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Interior image of 607241 St Mary, Ambleside.
CWGC (2016) Commonwealth War Graves Commission CWGC Unique File Reference Number: 1989 [Bibliography/Data]
Number of War Graves: 11
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 and Gallery

ICBS File Number - 04299

Coverage - 1850-1854

Created by ?SCOTT, George Gilbert: b. 1811 - d. 1878 of London

Church Buildings Council (2019) Church Bells 8 Bells [Archive/Index]
8 Bells