St Ninian's Church, Brougham, Cumbria

Address: Brougham, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2AD
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A lovely church in a remote setting

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.

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Road directions

3 miles east of Penrith, off A66, opposite Whinfell Park Farm. Parking opposite Whinfell Park Farm. From car park follow farmer's track for approx 1 mile alongside the River Eamont.

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Penrith (3 miles). Bus route numbers 104/563/625.

OS Reference No.

NY 557 289

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Comments

  1. phillip shepherd (03 Apr 2011, 18:11)

    an unrestored gem of a church complete with 2 decker pulpit and family pews of 1660 etc ; the church is long and low all the fittings thanks to the famous lady clifford. The setting is beautiful and remote worth the long walk to it .The church features in M Chapmans excellent book Churches the victorians forgot.

  2. Alan Grove (31 Jul 2012, 14:14)

    I visited a few years ago in conjunction with Brougham Castle. What a fantastic day. The Landscape, history and architecture cannot be bettered and the isolated atmosphere can be felt.

  3. Alan Maher (07 Jul 2013, 19:14)

    Visited today and enjoyed an excellent introduction to the church from the custodian in costume.

  4. David Astbury (18 Nov 2013, 11:54)

    We visited yesterday,Nov. 17th with two friends who live locally. They wanted us to see the Hebrew letters over the altar (we are Jewish) We were able to tell them that the letters are the tetragramaton,the unspoken name God.This name is often translated into English as Jehovah.

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St Ninian's Church, Brougham, Cumbria

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as ‘Keyholder nearby’, this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.