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St John

The church is a peaceful haven beside the Pennine Way with a wildlife conservation project in the churchyard.

Garrigill, Cumbria

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The church, built in 1753, with several Victorian additions to its fabric, stands in one of the largest churchyards in the area. The gravestones reflect the social history of this farming and lead mining community and they attract many visitors from around the world as emigration took place at the end of the local lead mining boom and descendants search for their roots. The churchyard has been run as part of the Cumbria Wildlife Trust 'Wildlife in Sacred Places' project which has attempted to increase diversification in flora and fauna. The bird population includes woodpeckers and lesser spotted flycatchers and red squirrels can sometimes be seen. Inside, the church is simple and although in need of roof repairs we have held concerts here because of the excellent acoustics. St John's houses the village war memorials for both world wars. Some of the oldest gravestones are kept inside the church.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Church of England

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