St Peter's Church, Kirkbampton

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St Peter's Church, Kirkbampton
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St Peter's Church, Kirkbampton, from the north
St Peter's Church, Kirkbampton is located in Cumbria
St Peter's Church, Kirkbampton
St Peter's Church, Kirkbampton
Location in Cumbria
Coordinates: 54°53′53″N 3°05′05″W / 54.8980°N 3.0848°W / 54.8980; -3.0848
OS grid reference NY 305 564
Location Kirkbampton, Cumbria
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Peter, Kirkbampton
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade I
Designated 8 November 1984
Architectural type Church
Style Norman
Groundbreaking 12th century
Completed 1882
Materials Red sandstone and calciferous sandstone, roofs of green slate and sandstone slates
Parish Kirkbampton
Deanery Carlisle
Archdeaconry Carlisle
Diocese Carlisle
Province York

St. Peter's Church is in the village of Kirkbampton, 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 Andrew, Aikton, St Mary, Kirkandrews-on-Eden with Beaumont, and St Michael, Burgh by Sands.[1] The church contains Norman architecture and is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building.[2]


St Peter's dates from the 12th century. It was restored in 1870–71 and again in 1882.[2]


The church is built in red sandstone and calciferous sandstone. The nave has a roof of green slate, while the chancel is roofed with sandstone slates. At the west end is an open double bellcote. The plan of the church consists of a three bay nave with a north porch, and a two-bay chancel with a north organ chamber and vestry. The Norman features are the north doorway, a blocked south doorway, the chancel arch, a lancet window in the south wall of the chancel and the head of a similar lancet that has been reset in the north wall of the organ chamber. The north doorway has a single order and a tympanum including a carved figure. The tympanum of the south doorway is decorated with stone of two different colours in three horizontal bands. The chancel arch has zigzag carving and capitals decorated with scallops.[2][3]

In the nave are 19th-century two-light windows with tracery, while the east window has three lights. The internal fittings and furnishings date from the 19th century, as do the wooden panelled ceiling in the nave and the barrel vaulted roof in the chancel. During one of the 19th-century restorations, carved and inscribed stones from the nearby Roman Hadrian's Wall were incorporated into the fabric of the south wall. The chancel contains a trefoil-headed piscina with a recess to its right.[2] The stained glass in the east window is by Morris & Co.; it is a triplet dating from 1871, but is badly preserved. It includes a depiction of Christ and eight angels with musical instruments by William Morris, and of Christ with the flag of St George by Edward Burne-Jones. Another window dating from 1885 is by E. R. Suffling of Edgware Road, London.[2][3] A further window contains glass by William Wailes.[4] The two-manual organ dates from about 1900 and was made by Albert E. Pease of the Phoenix Works, Stoke Newington.[5]

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  1. ^ Kirkbampton, St Peter, Church of England, retrieved 27 June 2012 
  2. ^ a b c d e Historic England, "Church of St Peter, Kirkbampton (1137108)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 17 May 2012 
  3. ^ a b Hyde, Matthew; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2010) [1967], Cumbria, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, pp. 454–455, ISBN 978-0-300-12663-1 
  4. ^ Kirkbampton - St Peter's Church, Visit Cumbria, retrieved 16 April 2010 
  5. ^ Cumberland, Kirkbampton - St Peter, British Institute of Organ Studies, retrieved 16 April 2010