Cartmel Priory

We offer you a warm invitation to visit this beautiful old church which dominates the small village of Cartmel, near Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria. We are proud that Simon Jenkins, in his recent book 'England's Thousand Best Churches', published by Penguin, says that "Cartmel is the most beautiful church in the north-west".

Founded as a priory for 'the regular canons of St. Augustine', this church has been a focus for Christian worship for more than 800 years. It continues to serve as a centre for the local community and for the 60,000 pilgrims and tourists who visit us each year.

There are many features of special interest, both outside and inside the church: the unique square belfry tower constructed diagonally across the original lantern tower; the remnants of stained glass in the great east window and the seats and benches of the choir stalls, all from the early 15th century; the Piper Choir with its early English pointed arch and groined roof; the Town Choir which is dedicated to St Michael and was set aside by the canons for the lay people of Cartmel; the wonderful sculptures by Josefina de Vasconcellos.

Visitors are welcome to join in services of worship, look about the building, visit the bookstall, or just enjoy the peace and quietness of this very special place.

The church is open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. in summer and 9.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. in winter.

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