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St Catherine's Church, Boot
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St Catherine's Church, Boot, from the southeast
Coordinates: 54°23′28″N 3°16′14″W / 54.3911°N 3.2706°W / 54.3911; -3.2706
OS grid reference NY 176,003
Location Boot, Cumbria
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Catherine, Boot
History
Status Parish church
Dedication Saint Catherine
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 8 September 1967
Architect(s) Paley and Austin (restoration)
Architectural type Church
Specifications
Materials Stone, slate roof
Administration
Parish Eskdale
Deanery Calder
Archdeaconry West Cumberland
Diocese Carlisle
Province York
Laity
Churchwarden(s) Charles Browne, Tony Fox,
John Wedley
Parish administrator John Wedley

St Catherine's Church is in the village of Boot, Cumbria, England. It is the Anglican parish church of Eskdale, Cumbria, and is in the deanery of Calder, the archdeaconry of West Cumberland, and the diocese of Carlisle. Its benefice is united with those of Irton, St Paul, Muncaster, St Michael, and St John, Waberthwaite. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building. It stands by the side of the River Esk.

History

A church has been on the site since the 6th century. The present church dates from the 14th century, with later alterations and additions. It was restored in 1881 by the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin. They reseated the church, increasing its accommodation to 126, and added a vestry, at a cost of £750 (equivalent to £54,000 in 2018).2018

Architecture

Exterior

St Catherine's is constructed in random rubble. It has a slate roof with a stone ridge. The church has a simple plan, consisting of a single cell in four bays, and a south porch. At the west end is a gabled double bellcote, and there is a cross on the apex of the east end. The side windows are mainly 19th-century replacements of earlier windows, and are mullioned. The east window has three lights and contains Decorated-style tracery.

Interior

Inside the church is an octagonal font; its bowl has low-relief carving on each face. On the south wall of the church is a benefactors' board dated 1798. All the stained glass dates from between 1889 and 1896. The glass in the east and west windows is by Gibbs and Company, and that on the north and south sides is by A. Savell and Company. The glass in the east window depicts Saint Catherine, the Good Shepherd, and Saint Cecilia. Windows on the south side of the church depict the Annunciation, and on the north side the Last Supper. One of the bells in the bellcote was cast in 1445.

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