Old Chancel, Ireby, Cumbria
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The twelfth-century chancel of Ireby's old church is only part of what was originally there.
In 1847, the nave was pulled down, and the font, piscina and some carvings to provide for the new church (a mile away), and two nave arcade columns were taken to serve as gateposts in the village. The gateposts have now be reinstated in the churchyard.
The east wall arcade, with three round-headed lancets, is a fine feature.
A lovely church in a remote setting
A railway church on the edge of two national parks
A boom-time church for a rich city parish
Disabled access information
Access to this church is via footpath from highway over rough grazing land.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
9 miles north east of Cockermouth and 12 miles north of Keswick, off A595 or B5299, north of Ireby village; at The Lion Inn, take the road to High Ireby and Whitrigg; ignore the left turn to High Ireby and take the immediate right turn signposted towards 'New Park Farm Holiday Cottages'
Nearest railway station: Aspatria (5.4 miles)
Community information for old Chancel, Ireby All our Cumbria churches are in CCT's North region.
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