St Margaret and St James' Church, Long Marton

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St Margaret and St James' Church,
Long Marton
Long Marton Church.jpg
St Margaret and St James' Church, Long Marton,
from the southeast
St Margaret and St James' Church,Long Marton is located in Cumbria
St Margaret and St James' Church,Long Marton
St Margaret and St James' Church,
Long Marton
Location in Cumbria
Coordinates: 54°36′36″N 2°31′04″W / 54.6100°N 2.5178°W / 54.6100; -2.5178
OS grid reference NY 667 240
Location Long Marton, Cumbria
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Margaret and St James,
Long Marton
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated February 1968
Architect(s) John A. Cory (restoration)
Architectural type Church
Style Saxon, Norman, Gothic
Materials Stone, slate roofs
Parish Long Marton
Deanery Appleby
Archdeaconry Carlisle
Diocese Carlisle
Province York
Rector Revd Sarah Lunn

St Margaret and St James' Church is located about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) to the south of the village of Long Marton, Cumbria, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Appleby, the archdeaconry of Carlisle, and the diocese of Carlisle. Its benefice is united with those of ten local churches [a] to form the benefice of Heart of Eden.[1] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building.[2]


Originating before the Norman conquest,[2] the church contains Anglo-Saxon and Norman architectural features.[3] The tower was added probably in the early 12th century, and the chancel was extended later that century. A south chapel was added in the 15th century,[b] and the vestry in the following century.[2] The church was restored by John A. Cory in 1880.[3]


The church is constructed in stone with large quoins and slate roofs. Its plan consists of a nave with a south porch, a south chapel (or transept), a chancel with a north vestry, and a west tower.[2] Parts of the nave walls are Saxon,[2] other parts of the nave and the blocked north doorway are Norman, and the chancel is in Decorated style. The tower is in three stages, with paired bell openings. The windows around the church are in varying styles, most of them being mullioned.[2] Three of the doorways have tympana containing carvings of dragons and other items.[3] Inside the chancel are a double sedilia and a piscina.[2] Most of the furnishings are from Cory's restoration. A window has been inserted into the blocked north doorway; this contains stained glass dated 1930 by Stanley M. Scott, depicting Saints Margaret and James flanked by Saints Cosmas and Damian. In the south transept is a window of 1925 to the memory of the architect George Dominic Stampa.[3]

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  1. ^ The "Heart of Eden Parishes": Long Marton, Dufton, Milburn, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Murton, Great Ormside, Great Asby, Temple Sowerby, Kirkby Thore, Newbiggin, Warcop, and Great Musgrave
  2. ^ This was built for the use of the residents of Knock village, and is known as the Knock Porch.[3]


  1. ^ St Margaret and St James, Long Marton, Church of England, retrieved 18 August 2012 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Historic England, "Parish Church of St Margaret and St James, Long Marton (1075165)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 18 August 2012 
  3. ^ a b c d e Hyde, Matthew; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2010) [1967], Cumbria, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, pp. 499–500, ISBN 978-0-300-12663-1 

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