Drawing 376: Mungrisedale Church

Direction of view: NNE

Notes: The church itself, the churchyard gates, the tree near the church door, even the noticeboard, are as drawn by AW.  There has, however, been growth of new trees on the right hand side, partially obscuring the church; the picture will be clearer when leaves are off the trees.  The church has lost its white coat as illustrated by AW and present still in 1978.

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

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 25th August 1978, a fine day, when Peter Messenger and I explored the local area following an ascent of Brae Fell.

Taken for the digital project on 5th June 2014, after a walk up Blencathra with Peter Watson (see Drawing 356 for an account).  Peter patiently waited in the car whilst I took the photo.  The church is dedicated to St. Kentigern, who is also known as St. Mungo, hence the name of the village, and parish.

A church has stood on the spot where the present church now stands in Mungrisedale since about 552.  The present church was rebuilt in 1756.  The three decker pulpit has the date 1679.