Tuesday, 27 July 2010

St Mary's Church, Kettlewell

There has been a church in Kettlewell since Norman times (1120). The present building is Victorian, consecrated in 1885. It replaced the previous Georgian building that was found to be unsafe and was demolished, though the Georgian tower still stands. It is a modestly sized church set in attractive grounds - some of the churchyard is tended, with mown grass and garden flowers but some has been allowed to grow wild. At the churchyard entrance there is a lychgate - a wooden arched gateway - erected in 1921 by the Holdsworths (who at that time owned Scargill House) in thanksgiving for their marriage. (If you want to know more about lychgates, look at H's blog, Little Sealed Packages).

7 comments:

  1. Ooooh! Thanks for the link!!

    The church in Parwich (Derbyshire), where my parents were married and I was Christened, was also rebuilt in Victorian times, but has an arch above the west door which is Norman, within which is a tympanum (carving), which may well be Saxon.

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  2. The marvellous travel is going on...I'm glad to learn about lychgates.

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  3. This is wonderful! Love how you've framed it.

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  4. The tower is my favorite part!

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  5. Great shot, really charming church.I will look at the gate info to learn more.

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  6. A lovely church! This particular architectural style is used over here as well.

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  7. Interesting to learn the origin of lych gates. It is a very handsome looking church. ~Lili

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