Rusland – St Paul’s Church
St Paul’s Church looks out over the peaceful meadows and fells of the Rusland valley, between Windermere and Coniston Water. Like its neighbour Colton Church, it stands on a low hill with magnificent views. The Church was built in 1745, and in 1868 it was restored and largely rebuilt.
In a quiet corner of Rusland Church is the burial place for Arthur Ransome (1884-1967), and his wife Evgenia (1894-1975).
Arthur disovered the Church in the late 1950’s whilst exploring Rusland Pool during a fishing holiday.
He found the churchyard one of the most peaceful places on Earth, and asked if he could be buried there under a particular tree, with the sound of the wind in the pine needles.
Also buried here are Mary, the wife of George Romney, the famous 18th Century lakeland artist, and the Reverand John Romney, his son. George Romney, himself, is buried at St Mary’s Church, Dalton-in-Furness.
The East window, by John Hardman, has three lights depicting scenes from the Biblical text. On either side are painted boards bearing The Ten Commandments, The Lord’s Prayer and The Creed.
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