Drawing 260: Cartmel Fell Church

Direction of view: E

Notes: From Wainwright’s viewpoint, just outside the churchyard, the church is now largely obscured by trees and bushes, even in winter.  This is therefore better taken from inside the churchyard.  Mid – late afternoon will be best, preferably in March or April, before leaves on the trees cause extra foreground shadows.

Comments: I took this picture on 2nd February 2013, on a visit to Cartmel Fell with Sheelagh Hughes Hallett.  We looked round the church, admiring the various representations of St Anthony (and his pig). Wainwright’s viewpoint, looking over the churchyard wall, was quite difficult to access.  After taking the picture, we did AW’s Cartmel Fell walk over Raven’s Barrow.  It was a beautiful afternoon, with lovely views of the Winster valley and a skyline from the Fairfield horseshoe to Arnside Knott.

Wainwright refers to it as “St. Anthony’s Chapel” and says that it dates from 1504. He writes that it has many unique features, including a three-decker pulpit dated 1698, and 15th century glass thought to have come from Cartmel Priory. It was built originally as a chapel of ease.  The porch is a later (Elizabethan) addition, and the whole building received a major renovation early in the 20th century.

This view does not appear elsewhere in Wainwright’s published works.