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Coordinates: 54°13′57″N 3°19′43″W / 54.2326°N 3.3287°W / 54.2326; -3.3287
OS grid reference SD 135,827
Location Whicham, Cumbria
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Mary, Whicham
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 8 September 1967
Architectural type Church
Style Norman (?), Gothic,
Gothic Revival
Materials Stone, slate roof
Parish Whicham
Deanery Calder
Archdeaconry West Cumberland
Diocese Carlisle
Province York
Rector Revd Ian James

St Mary's Church is on the A595 road in Whicham, Cumbria, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Calder, the archdeaconry of West Cumberland, and the diocese of Carlisle. Its benefice is united with those of St Michael, Bootle, St John the Baptist, Corney, and St Mary, Whitbeck. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building.


The church probably originates from the 12th century. The east window is from the 17th century, and the north transept from 1858, when the church was restored. In 1901–02 the Lancaster architects Austin and Paley repaired and reseated the church, added vestries, and installed three new windows in the nave.


St Mary's is constructed in stone with a slate roof. Its plan consists of a nave and chancel in a single cell, a south porch, and a north vestry and transept. On the west gable is a double bellcote. On the south side is a lancet window and three two-light windows containing plate tracery. The porch leads to a round-arched doorway that is said to be Norman in origin. At both the west and east ends of the church are three-light windows. The transept has two lancet windows on the north side. Inside the church are box pews. Between the nave and the north transept is a wooden arcade. The font consists of an octagonal tub. Also in the church are the royal arms of George III. The stained glass is mainly by William Wailes. The single-manual pipe organ was made in about 1890 by Wilkinson, and renovated in 1980.

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