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Crosthwaite Parish Church

This article is about the church near Keswick. For the church in the village of the same name near Kendal, see Crosthwaite.
Denomination Church of England

Crosthwaite Parish Church is dedicated to St Kentigern and is the Anglican parish church of the parish of Crosthwaite near Keswick, in Cumbria, UK.


The church was built on an ancient site in its present form probably in 1553 at the beginning of the reign of Mary I (it incorporates 14th-century arches). Gilbert Scott restored the church in 1844; this was part of the memorial to the poet Robert Southey who is buried in the churchyard. The church has a large organ.[1] Other features of interest include:

  • nine consecration crosses were discovered in 1915 outside the church and nine inside (this is the only church with such a set).
  • the finely carved 14th century font
  • a number of 15th century effigies.
  • a reredos by the Keswick School of Industrial Art
  • the altar of the church is draped with a banner bearing the Greek motto "εν τούτῳ νίκα", meaning "in this sign you will conquer", a motto adopted by Constantine the Great and by the Knights Templar.


Probably the best-known vicar was Hardwicke Rawnsley, a co-founder of the National Trust, who was appointed Vicar of Crosthwaite, and Rural Dean, in 1883.[2] After 34 years Rawnsley retired to Grasmere where he died. He is buried in the churchyard of his former parish.


  • Betjeman, John (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the North. London: Collins; p. 109

Coordinates: 54°36′30″N 3°09′04″W / 54.6083°N 3.1512°W / 54.6083; -3.1512

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