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St Peter

Built in 1880 by a local builder using local stone and financed by a local family, St Peter's Martindale is noted for the modern stained glass windows depicting Christian themes, dedicated to past members of the community and other notables.

Martindale, Cumbria

Opening times

Open all day.


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Of especial interest is the window commemorating Lt Cdr WH Parkin and the officers and men who went down with their ship, HMS Glorious in 1940.

Despite only dating from the late 19th Century, St Peter's is notable for several things.

Firstly, the windows all of which were made by the artist/craftsman Jane Grey, the latest being added in 1977 on the occasion of HM the Queens Jubilee (in the chancel).

Secondly, the location on a piece of previously open common, surrounded by fell farmland with the small fell Hallin immediately opposite. It is reached by the steep and winding road known as the Hause, from the top of which are wonderful views of Ullswater.

The churchyard is a wildlife haven, red squirrels can sometimes be seen, many birds and even possibly the glimpse of the red deer from further up the dale.

It should also be noted that several interesting people have inhabited this dale including Kathleen Raine, the modern poet who lived for a while at the Old Vicarage (which is situated further down the dale towards Sandwick), William Wordsworth also visited the area with his sister Dorothy, and mentions a ruined structure on top of Boredale Hause which was said to have been an ancient chapel, though this is somewhat unlikely!

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Ramp or level access available on request

  • Dog friendly

  • Car park at church

  • Services 1st and 3rd Sunday of month. Carol Service at Christmas.

  • Church of England

Contact information

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