Newlands church, set in the midst of the lovely Newlands Valley, is a haven of peace and tranquillity, it can be traced back to the mid 16th century, although it was substantially refurbished in the 1840s.
The date of the original church on the site is not known, but Saxton’s map of 1576 show a chapel here.
By the mid 1840s the church was in a somewhat dilapidated state, and Revd John Monkhouse set about the task of organising a rebuilding. Subsequently the stained glass window at the east end was installed by the local congregation commemorating this, and recording their respect for their vicar.
Shortly afterwards, the tiny schoolroom was added to the west end of the church, and the children of the valley were educated here for around 100 years.
In 1826 William Wordsworth wrote ‘How delicate the leafy veil, through which yon house of God, gleams through the midst of this deep dale’ and this description remains entirely accurate today.
The church is surrounded on three sides by the churchyard, filled with lichen covered local stone memorials, and in springtime, a carpet of snowdrops and daffodils.
As readers of Beatrix Potter will know once upon a time Mrs Tiggywinkle, who lived on Catbells up above Littletown was a parishioner!, and the father of the real life Lucie, Revd BL Carr was Vicar of Newlands 1893–1913.
Spectacular stained glass
Level access to the main areas
On street parking at church
Accessible toilets in church
Walkers & cyclists welcome
Space to secure your bike
Church shop or souvenirs
* The church (but not the schoolroom) is open during the day.
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