Watermillock – All Saints’ Church
All Saints Church has a fine situation, with views of the fells surrounding Ullswater. The present Church was built in 1881, of local stone and by local craftsmen. There has been a Church in Watermillock since 1218, originally at the site now occupied by the Old Church Hotel. The present building contains little from the previous churches.
There is an old Parish chest of about 1560, with three locks which were compulsory in those days. In the base of the tower is the Royal Coat of Arms of George III. There are no other features of outstanding interest, but there is some good Victorian stained glass. All the windows are memorials to various people. Many of the windows have a Pre-Raphaelite look to them, including several made by Heaton, Butler and Bayne, and the ‘Spring-Rice’ window, made by Powell of Whitefriars, for whom Edward Burne-Jones and Henry Holiday worked. In the porch is a small Children’s window.
There are tablets to members of the Spring-Rice family, one of whom wrote the words to the hymn ‘I vow to thee my Country’. The bridges at neaby Aira Force are also in honour of two members of the Spring-Rice family.
Aerial photo by Simon Ledingham.
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