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Church of St Mary

St Mary's is the Anglican Parish Church of Ulverston. The church tower dates from the mid-16th century and there is a 12th century doorway. The church was rebuilt from 1864-1866 by architect E. G. Paley, incorporating the medieval church tower. Within the church are numerous memorials, some of which date from the 16th and 17th century.[1] The church is a Grade II* listed building.

Ulverston Parish Church is in Church Walk, Ulverston, Cumbria, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Furness, the archdeaconry of Westmorland and Furness, and the diocese of Carlisle. Its benefice is united with that of St John, Osmotherley. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.


It is not known when the first church was built on the site. The tower of the present church was built between 1540 and 1560, replacing an earlier church which, it is said, was damaged when its steeple fell following a storm, damaging the rest if the building. The church was restored and enlarged in 1804. In 1864–66 it was rebuilt, other than the medieval tower, by the Lancaster architect E. G. Paley, providing seating for about 1,400 people. The successors in Paley's practice, Austin and Paley, extended the chancel, added fittings to the interior, and built a south porch in 1903–04. The same firm converted the south chancel aisle into a war memorial in 1923. The interior of the church was reordered in 2008–09; this included the provision of a refreshment and meeting area.



The church is constructed in sandstone and limestone rubble with red sandstone dressings and slate roofs. Its plan consists of seven-bay nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles, a south porch, a chancel, and a west tower. The tower, dating from the 16th century, is in three stages, with buttresses at the angles, and an embattled parapet. It contains a west doorway, above which is a three-light window containing Perpendicular-style tracery. The bell openings have three lights, are louvred and have hoodmoulds. The north wall of the nave contains pointed windows with Perpendicular tracery, all with two lights, other than the western window, which has three lights. The west window has five lights. The windows in the clerestory have flat heads and three lights, and are mullioned. The south wall contains a priest's door, with four windows to its left and two to the right; all have two lights. The porch is gabled and has a cross finial. The east window in the chancel has five lights. The inner doorway dates from the 12th century, it is in Norman style, and has zigzag decoration. Hyde and Pevsner in the Buildings of England series state that it is neither complete, nor is it in its original position.


The arcades are in seven bays and are carried on octagonal piers. The chancel is above the level of the nave. In the chancel is a double sedilia and a piscina. The choir stalls are in carved oak, and oak screens divide the chancel from the organ chamber and vestry to the north, and from the chapel to the south. The three-manual organ replaced an earlier instrument built in 1866 by Thomas Wilkinson. This was built by Thomas Pendlebury for a church elsewhere, and was installed in St Mary's in 1972. The stained glass in the east window is by William Wailes, and windows elsewhere are by Heaton, Butler and Bayne. The church contains a number of monuments, the oldest, erected in 1588, is to William Sandys, who died in 1559. There is a ring of six bells, all cast in 1836 by Thomas Mears II of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

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- "Parish church. C16 with re-used C12 south doorway. Restored and enlarged 1804. Extensively restored and partly rebuilt 1864-6 by Paley. Chancel extended 1903-4 by Austin and Paley, who also re-furnished ...

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List number: 1374977
List grade: 2*
County: Cumbria
Post code: LA12 7EN
Grid ref: SD2889978685
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