Record Type:
Church code:
West cumberland
St. Bridget, Beckermet and Ponsonby

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

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Exterior Image

Exterior image of 607272 Ponsonby
Exterior image of 607272 Ponsonby
Photograph of the exterior of Ponsonby church taken 4 March 2006
Year / Date:
John Holmes
John Holmes

Summary Description

A church surrounded by a moat to keep the animals out of the churchyard. Medieval origins with a suggestion that the chancel arch is Early English and came from the earlier church but was raised during the latter of two Victorian restorations in 1840 and 1874; the nave and one of the lancet windows are also early. The stone vaulted ceiling below the tower helps to retain, internally at least, a sense of an ancient church. There are two stone coffin lids and a square tablet displayed on the walls. Pevsner says of the tablet "in a frame of dogtooth (which is interesting). Two figures in relief l. and r. Very rustic". Some good stained glass including the west window by Holiday but the pièce de résistance is the East window designed by Burne-Jones for Morris and Company (1875). The interior is fine and intimate which belies the scale of the exterior but the pink painted walls are incongruous. The finely carved pulpit and choir stalls are noteworthy and appear totally appropriate.

Visiting and Facilities

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Church Website

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Sources and Further Information

John Holmes (2006) Exterior image of 607272 Ponsonby [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior image of 607272 Ponsonby
Church of England (2021) A Church Near You https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/12437/ [Digital Archive/Index]
View information on worship and access at this church
Church Buildings Council (2019) Church Bells 2 Bells [Archive/Index]
2 Bells