St Andrew's Church, Aikton

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St Andrew's Church, Aikton
St Andrew's Church, Aikton, from the west
St Andrew's Church, Aikton is located in Cumbria
St Andrew's Church, Aikton
St Andrew's Church, Aikton
Location in Cumbria
Coordinates: 54°51′55″N 3°07′10″W / 54.8653°N 3.1194°W / 54.8653; -3.1194
OS grid reference NY 282 528
Location Aikton, Cumbria
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Aikton, St Andrew
History
Founded 12th century
Dedication St Andrew
Architecture
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 11 April 1967
Architectural type Church
Style Norman, Gothic
Completed 1869
Specifications
Materials Sandstone, slate roofs
Administration
Parish Aikton
Deanery Carlisle
Archdeaconry Carlisle
Diocese Carlisle
Province York
Clergy
Vicar(s) Revd Canon Gill Hart

St Andrew's Church, Aikton, stands near the village of Aikton, Cumbria, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Carlisle, the archdeaconry of Carlisle, and the diocese of Carlisle. Its benefice is united with those of St Michael, Burgh by Sands, St Mary, Kirkandrews-on-Eden with Beaumont, and St Peter, Kirkbampton.[1] The church is designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.[2]

History[edit]

The church dates from the 12th century, with additions made in the 13th century.[2] In the 18th century a south aisle was added, and in 1869 the church was restored at a cost of over £400 (£30,000 as of 2014).[3][4]

Architecture[edit]

Exterior[edit]

The church is built in red sandstone rubble. Many of the stones used in its construction were taken from Hadrian's Wall.[2] The chancel roof is in Welsh slate, while the roof of the nave is in sandstone slates. The plan of the church consists of a four-bay nave with a south aisle and a gabled porch, and a two-bay chancel with a gabled vestry to the north. At the west end of the church is a double bellcote.[2] In the north wall are lancet windows, the east window has two lights and there is a lancet window in the vestry. In the west wall is a blocked window.[2]

Interior[edit]

The roof dates from the 15th century; it is an open timber roof consisting of four king post trusses with side struts. The chancel arch is Norman in style.[2] The font dates from the 14th century. It consists of a square bowl on a pedestal; the bowl has trefoils and plain rounded decorations. In the aisle is a steeply pointed trefoiled piscina.[2][5] In the porch is a 13th-century coffin lid, inscribed with the carving of a sword.[6] The organ was built by J. Charles Lee of Coventry.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ St Andrew, Aikton, Church of England, retrieved 27 June 2012 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g English Heritage, "Church of St Andrew, Aikton (1327139)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 23 June 2012 
  3. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2014), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  4. ^ Aikton Parish, Bulmer's History and Directory of Cumberland, Steve Bulman, 1901, retrieved 13 March 2010 
  5. ^ Hyde, Matthew; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2010) [1967], Cumbria, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 90, ISBN 978-0-300-12663-1 
  6. ^ Aikton - St Andrew's Church, Visit Cumbria, retrieved 13 March 2010 
  7. ^ Cumberland, Aikton, St Andrew, British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 24 March 2010