Eskdale – St Catherine’s Church

 

Location Boot
Grid Ref NY 175003

 

Eskdale - St Catherine's Church.

 

Eskdale - St Catherine's Church.

 

Set among the dales at the upper end of Eskdale, St Catherine’s dates back to the 12th century when the Priory of St Bees owned a chapel here. The setting is magnificent, with a backdrop of Scafell Pike.

 

The octagonal font has among its decorations ancient marigold designs found on Roman pagan alters and early Christian tombstones. The stained glass windows are worth studying. The east window depicts St Catherine, the Good Shepherd and St Cecilia. The south window portrays the Annunciation and the north window depicts the Last Supper.

 

The church is near to Boot village, about half a mile from Dalegarth Station at the end of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.

 

 

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