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St Ninian

A lovely church in a remote setting.

Brougham, Cumbria

Opening times

Open daily.


CA10 2AD

Known locally as Ninekirks, St Ninian's stands remote down a long track, above a bend in the River Eamont and with views of the Pennines and the Lake District. It is worth finding both for its lovely setting and its fascinating history.

The original Norman church was completely rebuilt in the 17th century by Lady Anne Clifford, who inherited Brougham Castle. Her restoration work is recorded in the plasterwork above the altar, in a wreath with her initials AP (Anne Pembroke the Earl of Pembroke was her second husband) with the date 1660.

The building is almost unaltered since, and its simplicity, combined with excellent workmanship, make it both enchanting and memorable. The interior is whitewashed, with clear glass in the windows and a stone flagged floor.

The fine oak fittings include box pews, and family pews with canopies, an elegant screen, and a three decker pulpit.

This church is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Famous connections

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Wildlife haven

  • Dog friendly

  • On street parking at church

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Churches Conservation Trust

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