Brathay: Holy Trinity

Brathay: Holy Trinity
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 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:
Post Medieval

Exterior Image

Exterior image of 607242 Brathay Holy Trinity
Exterior image of 607242 Brathay Holy Trinity
Photograph of the exterior of Holy Trinity church Brathay taken 4 October 2012
Year / Date:
David Purchase
David Purchase

Summary Description

A rendered church with some stone dressings. Giles Redmayne was the benefactor of Holy Trinity Church and William Wordsworth helped him find the hilltop site. Wordsworth wrote “There is not a situation outside the Alps or among them more beautiful than this” Unfortunately the design of the building itself is less inspiring and the architect, John Latham, produced a sobering and rather depressing version of the Romanesque style. Unusually, because of the limited site area, the church is orientated North-South and not East- West. However, and perhaps of more interest, there is a varied and sculptural array of head stones. The Virginia creeper was a significant local feature of the church tower in the Autumn but this has been removed for practical reasons. The interior is enhanced by some good stained glass and appropriate and early? light fittings.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
Work in progress - can you help?

Church Website

Church Website:

Sources and Further Information

David Purchase (2012) Exterior image of 607242 Brathay Holy Trinity [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior image of 607242 Brathay Holy Trinity
CWGC (2016) Commonwealth War Graves Commission CWGC Unique File Reference Number: 1991 [Bibliography/Data]
Number of War Graves: 3
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 6 Bells [Archive/Index]
6 Bells