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St Peter

St Peter's is an outstanding example of the decorated style of architecture, with its warm red sandstone and distinctive shingled spire and clay tiled roof, an unusual feature in the Lake District.

Field Broughton, Cumbria

Opening times

Every day between Palm Sunday and the end of October, weekends only in winter time.
There is free wifi in the church.


Field Broughton
LA11 6HR

The striking pink sandstone is expressed internally and adds another dimension to this peaceful space. The beautiful architecture creates a fantastic space for worship.

Immediately recognisable as a design by Austin & Paley and definitely one of their finest commissions in the area. Architectural themes are picked up throughout the building and continue to also include the design of the lychgate.

The spirit of the Arts & Crafts movement is reflected here with the architect being involved in every element of the design, the carvings on the pew ends and fronts and the pulpit are each unique, and quite beautiful. Unlike some earlier churches, which are a mixture of styles and periods, St Peter’s has a holistic approach to design and retains many of the original features, including the font of Dent fossil marble with an acorn decorating the timber cover. St Peter’s is unusual in having three fonts, one of which came from the earlier chapel. The organ by Foster and Andrews of Hull is considered to be remarkably fine.

Please have a look at the very fine stained glass windows. The beautiful muted colours of the east window by CE Kempe depicts Our Lord’s Passion. A William Morris window shows Faith Hope and Charity, and there are several windows by Abbott and Co.

The ladies of the village created the very beautiful altar frontals many years ago, which remain in use today.

A trip up to the spire provides a wonderful view of the entire valley and on the way up the tower you can see the one large and one small bell installed in the loft. In fact, on our annual parish walk, a 14 mile circuit of the parish boundary, the spire is in view almost all the way.

The present church was completed in 1894, replacing an older chapel of ease which was consecrated in 1745. The site of the chapel lies on the east of the church pathway just inside the lych gate. The position of its altar is marked by the red sandstone cross and grave of the first incumbent of the present church, the Reverend Henry Ransome, who was vicar here until his death in 1917.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Wifi

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

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