Lawrence Church
Penrith, Central Lakes

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St Lawrence Church is a spectacular piece of architecture situated in the town of Appleby-in-Westmorland. The beautiful red sandstone building is full of original character, including stone carvings and historical memorials and boasts the oldest, still used organ in England.

The church of St Lawrence stands at the bottom of Boroughgate in the heart of the old market town of Appleby. St Lawrence is a superb, historic church, well worthy of a visit.

The church dates in part to the 12th century, though with remodeling from practically every century since then! The church is built of local red sandstone, and is composed of a south porch, west tower, nave, north and south aisles, two chapels, and a chancel. The base of the tower is the oldest part, dating to the 12th century.

Scots raiders attacked the church on at least 2 occasions, in 1174 and again in 1388.

The church is entered through the south porch, which was built in the 14th century. Here, the door features original dog tooth molding.

There are several notable features in the church interior. The first of these you will see almost immediately upon entering. It is the large organ, located at the extreme west end of the nave. This is the oldest organ in England still in use, and it was a gift to Appleby of Carlisle Cathedral in 1683, however the oldest parts of the organ date to about 1542. At the base of the pipes are gilded cherub heads.

The nave is lined with interesting corbel heads, which were added during the 19th century restoration. Moving up the north aisle you come to the north chapel, otherwise known as the Clifford Chapel, where two impressive memorials stand upon a dais. To the left, against the north wall, is the black marble memorial...

 
Lawrence Church
4 Low Wiend
Appleby-in-Westmorland
Penrith
Cumbria
CA16 6XG
 

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