St Martins

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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St Martin’s church in Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District of England.

There was a previous church here at least as early as 1203.

After a fire the parishioners rebuilt their church on the original site and it was completed and re-consecrated in 1483.

It was then a simple rectangle, with nave and aisles, and a squat tower at the west end, which is slightly offset. The wide south porch was probably added some fifty years later. The whole church was roughcast and limewashed outside and within to make the most of the light.

One of the more unusual features is the low-pitched, lead covered roof; most churches in the Lake District have slate roofs. The use of lead enabled the parishioners to build a much larger church than if they had used the heavier slate. It is said that a local carrier named Bellman brought the lead for the roof, free of charge, on his packhorses. He was one of many local benefactors who made the rebuilding possible.

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Related shots can be found at: Lakeland and England.

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