St John's Church at Waberthwaite. The church was built in the 12th century and thanks to its remoteness the church avoided most of the 'improvements' of the Victorians. So for example it retains its 18th century box pews (where people sit around three sides).
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The font is solid sandstone and was made from the base of a Roman pillar.
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Box pews, now rare having been replaced with rows of seats by the Victorians to improve behaviour amongst the congregation.
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There is mesh across the door to keep the sheep out!
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The church is at the end of a track, more or less in a farm yard.
The setting of this little church, by a bend in the tidal River Esk, protected from northerly gales by the wooded sloped of Muncaster Fell, is truly idyllic.
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St Mary's Church, Gosforth. The Norse Cross in the graveyard dates from about 940 AD and, at 14 feet, is the tallest Viking cross in England.
The lower part of the Cross which is round represents the ash tree Yggdrasil which the Norse men believed supported the universe.
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The carvings depict the victory of Christ over the Heathen Gods.
Inside the church, two Viking hogback tombs cover the graves of Norse Chieftains and are shaped as houses of the dead.
The tombs date from the 10th Century and are carved with battle scenes.
The Viking 'fishing stone' also from the 10th Century.
In the church yard is a cork tree, planted in 1833, which is the most northerly in Europe.
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The bark of the cork tree is quite distinctive.
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The Viking cross looks quite spectacular in the church yard.
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Wast Water, England's deepest lake. The scree on the right continues down into the water to a depth of 258 feet.
The clouds were hanging low on the day we visited.
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The water mirrors the surrounding mountains.
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The beautiful setting of St Olaf's church at Wasdale Head. The church is surrounded by yew trees, believed to hold up the sky.
England's smallest church is next to England's deepest lake and looked down upon by the England's highest mountain.
The date of the church is unknown but the earliest reference to it was in 1550. However, there has been a church on this site since Viking times, when Scandinavians settled here.
The church was still decorated with flowers from the previous day's wedding.
The roof means are said to have been salvaged from a Viking long boat.
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Until it was refurbished in 1892 the church windows had no glass, the floor was earthen, and there was a hurdle at the doorway.
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The roof is made of thich Wasdale slate.
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West Cumbria
Chris Starkey
Author: Chris Starkey (ID: 7972)
Posted: 2010-07-03 05:14 GMT+00:00
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St John's Church at Waberthwaite. The church was built in the 12th century and thanks to its remoteness the church avoided most of the 'improvements' of the Victorians. So for example it retains its 18th century box pews (where people sit around three sides).
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The font is solid sandstone and was made from the base of a Roman pillar.
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Box pews, now rare having been replaced with rows of seats by the Victorians to improve behaviour amongst the congregation.
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There is mesh across the door to keep the sheep out!
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The church is at the end of a track, more or less in a farm yard.
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The setting of this little church, by a bend in the tidal River Esk, protected from northerly gales by the wooded sloped of Muncaster Fell, is truly idyllic.
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St Mary's Church, Gosforth. The Norse Cross in the graveyard dates from about 940 AD and, at 14 feet, is the tallest Viking cross in England.
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The lower part of the Cross which is round represents the ash tree Yggdrasil which the Norse men believed supported the universe.
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The carvings depict the victory of Christ over the Heathen Gods.
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Inside the church, two Viking hogback tombs cover the graves of Norse Chieftains and are shaped as houses of the dead.
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The tombs date from the 10th Century and are carved with battle scenes.
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The Viking 'fishing stone' also from the 10th Century.
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In the church yard is a cork tree, planted in 1833, which is the most northerly in Europe.
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The bark of the cork tree is quite distinctive.
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The Viking cross looks quite spectacular in the church yard.
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Wast Water, England's deepest lake. The scree on the right continues down into the water to a depth of 258 feet.
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The clouds were hanging low on the day we visited.
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The water mirrors the surrounding mountains.
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The beautiful setting of St Olaf's church at Wasdale Head. The church is surrounded by yew trees, believed to hold up the sky.
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England's smallest church is next to England's deepest lake and looked down upon by the England's highest mountain.
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The date of the church is unknown but the earliest reference to it was in 1550. However, there has been a church on this site since Viking times, when Scandinavians settled here.
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The church was still decorated with flowers from the previous day's wedding.
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The roof means are said to have been salvaged from a Viking long boat.
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Until it was refurbished in 1892 the church windows had no glass, the floor was earthen, and there was a hurdle at the doorway.
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The roof is made of thich Wasdale slate.
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