St Bees: St Mary & St Bega

St Bees: St Mary & St Bega
Record Type:
Church code:
West cumberland
St. Bees

Statutory Designation Information

Listed Building?
This is a Grade I 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 in the following Conservation Area: St Bees

Heritage At Risk Status

On Heritage At Risk Register?
This church is not on the Heritage at Risk Register

Approximate Date

Approximate Date:

Exterior Image

Exterior image of 607299 St Bees: St Mary & St Bega
Exterior image of 607299 St Bees: St Mary & St Bega
Taken 19 August 2007
Year / Date:
By John Armagh (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
John Armagh

Summary Description

Although the residential buildings of the Norman Priory have gone, much of the Norman and early English church survives. Important early stones in the church lapidarium yard. Restored in Normal revival style in 1855-68 by William Butterfield whose metal Chancel Screen of 1886 is outstanding. Associated with School of 1587 and later Theological College (1817 to 1894) which challenged Oxford and Cambridge in importance. Church associated with Canon Richard Parkinson, charismatic College Principal and friend of Wordsworth and other national figures. Internationally recognised Church Organ by Henry Willis I and sculptures by the late internationally acclaimed sculptress Josephina de Vasconcellos which were donated to the priory church.

Visiting and Facilities

The church is open for worship.
Bell ringing Regular choir Live music and concerts Guide tours and guidebook available Accessible toilets available Visitor toilets, baby changing facilities and parking available Assistance dogs welcome

Church Website

Church Website:

Sources and Further Information

John Armagh (2007) Exterior image of 607299 St Bees: St Mary & St Bega [Digital Archive/Graphic material]
Exterior image of 607299 St Bees: St Mary & St Bega
CWGC (2016) Commonwealth War Graves Commission CWGC Unique File Reference Number: 2028 [Bibliography/Data]
Number of War Graves: 4
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 8 Bells [Archive/Index]
8 Bells