Drawing 90: Crosthwaite Church, Keswick

Direction of view: NNE

Notes: The viewpoint is down a lane near the church.  Easiest access to this point is from the road to Cockermouth – from the centre of Keswick it is first right after the turn off for Carlisle.  Go just left of the music centre, and there is ample parking close to the sketch location.  Best lighting is in the early afternoon.  A new building on the right now encroaches into the picture.

Wainwright notes that the church is dedicated to St. Kentigern, who is said to have erected a cross on the site in 533AD, and that Robert Southey’s grave is in the churchyard.  Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, one of the founders of the National Trust, was vicar here for 34 years.  The poet Robert Southey attended the church; there is a white marble statue of him in the church, and he is buried in the churchyard.

This picture does not appear in any of Wainwright’s other published works.

Comments: The trees were still present in Peter Messenger’s photo from the late 1970s.   I took my first picture on 7th April 1991 – see Drawing 155.  The three very prominent deciduous trees in Wainwright’s drawing had all gone, meaning that the picture can be taken at any time of year.  My picture for the digital project was taken on 12th July 2016, on my way home from a walk over Binsey.