Our Churches

We have three church buildings in the parish.

St Mary’s

A quiet Victorian gem set away from Thornthwaite village at the end of a country lane. It is well worth a visit. Look for the ‘mice’! Peaceful graveyard adjoining with views across Bassenthwaite Lake (the only lake in the Lake District!)

Services are held at St. Mary’s on the second Sunday of the month.

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St Herberts

Built as a daughter church to St. Mary’s Thornthwaite. St. Herbert’s (named after the local hermit saint who lived on an island on Derwentwater) was built in 1900. The church is found at the heart of the village community and next to the Church of England Primary School. After a major refurbishment the Church was re-dedicated by the Lord Bishop of Carlisle on 2nd February 2014.

 Services are currently held on the 1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Sundays of the month.

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Newlands Church is set in the most beautiful mountain scenery. The Newlands valley has a history of farming and mining, but recently tourism has increased in importance. The church building is surrounded on three sides by the still open churchyard. Little has changed since extensive renewal and refurbishment in mid 19C.

Attached to the church is the former valley school. This closed in 1967 but is now a hall that is used to host summer afternoon teas and other small social functions.

 There are no regular Sunday services held at Newlands.  

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