Holy Trinity Church, Seathwaite

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Holy Trinity Church, Seathwaite
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Holy Trinity Church, Seathwaite, from the south
Holy Trinity Church, Seathwaite is located in Cumbria
Holy Trinity Church, Seathwaite
Holy Trinity Church, Seathwaite
Location in Cumbria
Coordinates: 54°21′18″N 3°11′16″W / 54.3549°N 3.1878°W / 54.3549; -3.1878
OS grid reference SD 229,961
Location Seathwaite, Cumbria
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website Holy Trinity, Seathwaite
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 25 March 1970
Architect(s) Paley and Austin
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Completed 1874
Materials Slate
Parish Broughton and Duddon
Deanery Furness
Archdeaconry Westmorland and Furness
Diocese Carlisle
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Tony Adams

Holy Trinity Church is in the village of Seathwaite, Cumbria, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Furness, the archdeaconry of Westmorland and Furness, and the diocese of Carlisle. Its benefice is united with those of four other local parishes.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.[2]


The church was built in 1874 to a design by the Lancaster partnership of Paley and Austin.[3] Holy Trinity was built on the site of an earlier church. For 67 years the curate of that church had been Rev Robert Walker, who was made famous by the poet William Wordsworth. Wordsworth called him "Wonderful Walker", and made reference to him in his Duddon Sonnets and in the poem The Excursion.[2][4] It was paid for mainly by the industrialist H. W. Schneider.[4]



Holy Trinity is constructed in coursed slate rubble and has a slate roof. Its plan consists of a nave and chancel in one range, with an organ loft and vestry to the north, and a south porch. At the west end is a gabled bellcote. All the windows are lancets. There are wide buttresses externally between the nave and the chancel. A stone is attached to the porch incorporating a sundial; this had formerly been the shearing stool of Rev Walker.[2]


Inside the church is a stoup with a trefoil arcade.[4] Painted on the wall of the chancel are the Ten Commandments. Also in the church is a brass. This had formerly been on a gravestone; it is to the memory of Rev Walker, who died in 1802, and his wife, Anne, who had died two years previously.[2] The stained glass, dating from 1897, is by Kempe.[4] The two-manual organ was built in 1902 by Young.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Seathwaite: Holy Trinity, Seathwaite, Church of England, retrieved 11 June 2011 
  2. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of Holy Trinity, Seathwaite (1158413)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 17 August 2013 
  3. ^ Price, James (1998), Sharpe, Paley and Austin: A Lancaster Architectural Practice 1836–1942, Lancaster: Centre for North-West Regional Studies, p. 87, ISBN 1-86220-054-8 
  4. ^ a b c d Hyde, Matthew; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2010) [1967], Cumbria, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 609, ISBN 978-0-300-12663-1 
  5. ^ Lancashire (Cumbria), Seathwaite Nr. Furness, Holy Trinity (D00935), British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 11 June 2011 

External links[edit]

(Note: Both websites show photographs of the church.)