St Cuthbert's Church, Over Kellet

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St Cuthbert's Church, Over Kellet
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St Cuthbert's Church, Over Kellet, from the north
St Cuthbert's Church, Over Kellet is located in the City of Lancaster district
St Cuthbert's Church, Over Kellet
St Cuthbert's Church, Over Kellet
Location in the City of Lancaster district
Coordinates: 54°07′10″N 2°43′55″W / 54.1195°N 2.7319°W / 54.1195; -2.7319
OS grid reference SD 523,696
Location Over Kellet, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Cuthbert, Over Kellet
Dedication Saint Cuthbert
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 4 October 1967
Architect(s) E. G. Paley, Austin and Paley (restorations)
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic, Gothic Revival
Materials Pebbledashed rubble with sandstone dressings
Slate roofs
Parish Over Kellet
Deanery Tunstall
Archdeaconry Lancaster
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Vicar(s) interrregnum
Churchwarden(s) Mr Nick Ward, Dr John Halsey
Parish administrator Dr Carol Allen-Glaister

St Cuthbert's Church is in the village of Over Kellet, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Tunstall, the archdeaconry of Lancaster, and the diocese of Blackburn.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.[2]


The earliest surviving parts of the church date from about 1200,[3] but most of the structure is from the 16th century.[2] It was restored in 1863–64 by the Lancaster architect E. G. Paley.[4] During the restoration, the ceiling was removed, the chancel arch was reinstated, the east end was rebuilt, and the seating was increased from 260 to 295. The alterations cost £330 (equivalent to £30,000 in 2015).[5][6] It was further restored in 1909 by the successors in Paley's practice, Austin and Paley; this included rebuilding of the eastern bay, and the addition of dormers.[2][3][7]



The church is constructed in pebbledashed rubble with sandstone dressings, and has slate roofs.[2] Its architectural style is mainly late Perpendicular.[3] The plan consists of a four-bay nave with a north porch, north and south aisles, a chancel, and a west tower. In the angle between the tower and the north aisle is a vestry. The tower has diagonal buttresses, and a battlemented parapet. It contains a west doorway, now blocked, a three-light west window, and three-light bell openings on all sides. Along the north aisles are three-light windows, and the vestry contains a two-light window. Along the south aisle are four two-light windows. The east window has three lights containing Perpendicular tracery.[2]


Inside the church the arcades are carried on octagonal piers. There are box pews in the nave and the aisles. At the west end of the south aisle are the Royal arms of George III. The font in the north aisle is cylindrical and constructed of gritstone.[2] There is another font in the south aisle dating from the 19th century. Also in the church are monuments dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.[3] The stained glass in the east window was installed in 1868.[8]

External features[edit]

The churchyard contains the war graves of a soldier of World War I, and a Royal Air Force officer of World War II.[9]

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  1. ^ St Cuthbert, Over Kellet, Church of England, retrieved 25 August 2011 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Historic England, "Church of St Cuthbert, Over Kellet (1071877)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 25 August 2011 
  3. ^ a b c d Hartwell & Pevsner 2009, p. 485.
  4. ^ Price 1998, p. 75.
  5. ^ UK Consumer Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Gregory Clark (2016), "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)",
  6. ^ Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 220.
  7. ^ Brandwood et al. 2012, p. 247.
  8. ^ St Cuthbert's Church, Over Kellett Village, retrieved 26 August 2011 
  9. ^ OVER KELLET (ST. CUTHBERT) CHURCHYARD, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 16 February 2013