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St John the Baptist

A simple, peaceful church, with outstanding views.

Murton, Cumbria

Opening times

Church is not locked and open the public.
NB: during the current Covid situation the church is currently locked.


CA16 6LZ

A small rural church, built in 1856 and situated between the villages of Murton and Hilton in the Eden Valley, at the foot of the Pennines, in Cumbria.

The church was designed by George Robinson of Appleby and built in 1856. Comprises a large chapel like nave, and a three tier pulpit. We still have and use on special services the original oil lamps on the end of the pews. The building in constructed in soft red sandstone and sits in an enclosed churchyard, between the small villages of Murton and Hilton. No stained glass windows, but the east window faces the Pennines, approximately half a mile away. St John's is a daughter church of St Lawrence's, Appleby.

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Ramp or level access available on request

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Church of England

  • Foundation Grant, £1,323, 2019

  • Our Foundation Grants fund urgent maintenance work and small repairs to help keep churches open.

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