Lamplugh – St Michael’s Church
St Michael’s Church (1870) is the only original Lakeland example of architecture by William Butterfield, and therefore demands attention. William Butterfield (1814-1900) was an important ecclesiastical architect, creating many churches including Keble College Chapel, Oxford.
Lamplugh is a fairly plain design, with a few oddities, such as the two storey chancel arch which incorporates an earlier Perpendicular arch.
There are three stained glass windows from the Kempe workshop, each made 10 years apart from 1891 to 1910. There is also a handsome monument, with a bust and urn, of 1731 to Mrs Margaret Briscoe.
The church stands on the site of an old chapel, and the vestry was previously part of the Lamplugh family mortuary chapel.
Around the East Window are three well carved gargoyles, probably from the older church which is said to have had fine carved stonework.
Aerial photos by Simon Ledingham.
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