Finsthwaite – St Peter’s Church
In the small village of Finsthwaite near to the Lakeside pier at the foot of Lake Windermere, is the slate and sandstone church of St Peter designed by Paley and Austin and built in 1873-4. The site chosen was that of a church built around 1724. The church was built with no aisle, and a tower vault divides the church from the chancel.
The church has many stained glass windows, including the East Window of Christ and the Apostles by Henry Holiday. Other windows are by Powell of Whitefriars, and Shrigley and Hunt.
One of the graves in the graveyard belongs to the Finsthwaite Princess Clementina Johannes Sobieski Douglas of Waterside, who was buried on 16th May 1771. It is widely believed she was the daughter of Prince Charles Edward, the Young Pretender, by Clemintina Walkinshaw.
If you head just north of here, you can join a footpath that takes you up to High Dam, popular with walkers, and which used to be the supply of water to drive Stott Park Bobbin Mill.
Photos by Ann Bowker.
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