Ponsonby Church

 
Grid Ref NY 042056

 

Ponsonby Church.
 
This church has many connections with the Stanley family of Calderbridge, who came to the area in the 14th century. There are a number of memorials to the Ponsonby branch of the Stanley family.
 
Some parts of the church are older – the chancel, nave, and one of the lancet windows. The approach to the church is across a dry moat, which encircles the churchyard, all within a lovely park-like setting. From here you look out towards Sellafield to the west, and the Lakeland Fells to the north-east.

 

Ponsonby Church.

 

At the west end there is an interesting stone vaulted ceiling, and a stained glass window depicting Faith and Hope (by Henry Holiday). The east window shows the Crucifixion (designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and made by William Morris & Co).

 

Ponsonby Church - detail of West window

 

Too see more high quality photographs of the windows at Ponsonby by P Neil Ralley, see Stained Glass Photography.

 

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