Far Sawrey – St Peter’s Church
Location : Far Sawrey
Grid Ref SD 378952
The building of this large Victorian Church was completed in 1869 to a design by Robert Brass. The Church is in the style of early English Gothic, and is built mainly of local slate rubble with sandstone dressings.
The Church was built to seat 400 people, as many large houses were being built at the time, all of which had servants who were expected to attend services with their families. Some of the pews have since been removed.
There are various stained glass windows worth looking at including one with St Miriam playing the timbrel, and St Cecilia playing the organ. This window was installed in 1914. The music in the window is said to be from Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. The extremely colourful East window displays Christ the Good Shepherd. In it you may see the proverbial ‘black sheep’, hidden from the flock. The lecturn is in the form of an eagle, surmounting the world globe.
A leaflet is available describing the history and contents of the Church. A separate leaflet describes the organ, installed in 1875, and an extremely fine instrument, by the London firm of Gray and Davison.
Aerial photo by Simon Ledingham.
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