Wednesday, 26 March 2014

St Martins Church, Martindale

 

In stark contrast to the blizzards on the high fells on Saturday, Sunday was bright and sunny if a little fresh.  We had a gentle stroll up on to Hallin Fell for some stunning views of Ullswater but before that a wander around the old Church of St Martin in Martindale.  There’s been a church on this spot since at least 1220.  It is probable that the present building was erected at the end of the 16th Century.  There have been successive restorations to the present building, the last major restoration being in 1882 when the roof was replaced.  Inside the church the font is believed to have been a Roman alter and the church bell is over 500 years old.  

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Reading desk dating from 1634

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This tombstone commemorates a former vicar and the yew tree which protects it is estimated to be about 1300 years old.

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