St Mary the Virgin (Kirkby Lonsdale)

Kirkby Lonsdale St Mary church by Alexander P KappThe parish church of St Mary (1090-1130), set above the river Lune, still retains some Norman features, although its main style is Perpendicular. The original chapel on the site was built in the 13th century, and it is this that has been altered and added too, especially in the 1866 restoration.

The western tower was constructed in 1705 and houses six bells, dating from 1633 to 1724. The outside door's archway is Norman.

Kirkby Lonsdale St Mary church east end by John SalmonThe nave of the church is unusually narrow. On its north side are Norman pillars. One pillar has a carving of 'The Green man'. Both its south and north aisles run the length of the church. At the west end of one of the two north aisles is a small Norman doorway. There are 13th century pointed gothic arches.

Kirkby Lonsdale St Mary church stained glass window by John SalmonThe church holds many monuments and stained glass windows. The east window is Victorian glass set into Early English stonework. The pulpit is Jacobean and, before the Victorian restoration, was a three decker. The font dates from the 14th century. A 15th century chancel was destroyed during the Reformation but a few remains survived in the north-east corner of the church. A memorial tablet on the south wall is to William Sturgeon, an inventor who built the first successful electric motor.Kirkby Lonsdale St Mary church gazebo by Alexander P Kapp

An 18th century folly, a ‘gazebo’, sits in the churchyard.

St Mary the Virgin is at 24 Main St, Kirkby Lonsdale.

Photos courtesy of Alexander P Kapp , John Salmon .

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