Saturday, 20 July 2013

St Gregory's Church in the Vale of Lune

St Gregory's in the Vale of Lune in Cumbria is probably about as plain as churches come. It could just about be mistaken for another farm building. It's not much fancier inside but it does have some good windows. Built in the 1860s, it was originally a chapel and school room which were later combined to make the church. It has quite a short history of regular use. Originally an estate chapel it passed into the hands of the Church of England in 1817. It was declared redundant in 1984 and is now in the hands of the Churches Conservation Trust who look after such places.

This window is in the porch area on the way in. The booklet in the church is unsure of it's history but think it might be from William Morris's company as there are another two from there in the church.

The nave has this delightful series of windows which were made in 1900 by Frederic George Smith of Campbell, Smith and Co.

Behind the altar, there are a couple of hatches in the wood panelling so you can see the patterned glass behind it.

These two window are definitely Morris and Co.

These two windows are probably the newest in the church, obviously this must have been made after the church became part of the Diocese of Bradford in 1917.

Since both these windows are pretty much the same I guess they both date after 1930 when John Upton died. It was his estate that the church was chapel for prior to 1917.

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