Great Musgrave – St Theobald’s Church

 
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Grid Ref NY 767133

 

Great Musgrave - St Theobald's Church.
 

The present St Theobald’s Church in Great Musgrave was constructed in 1845 to a design by G.R. Appleby, on a site that has had two previous churches. It is in a quiet spot on the edge of the village beside the River Eden, and is approached through an impressive avenue of horsechestnut trees.

 

Great Musgrave - St Theobald's Church.

 

The interior is light and airy and simply furnished. Above the windows are heads by the corbels to the roof beams. There is a monk with a scroll and a woman with flowing hair holding a string of beads. There is only one small stained glass window of a Coat-of-Arms.

 

Great Musgrave - St Theobald's Church.

 

Over the West door hang the crosses and crowns from the previous year’s rushbearing festival. Annually on the first Saturday in July, a procession of girls wearing floral crowns, boys carrying rush crosses, and adults, goes through the village to the Church, for a service of praise and thanksgiving.

 

Great Musgrave - St Theobald's Church.

 

Photos by Simon Ledingham.

 

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