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St Mary & St Michael, Egremont
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St Mary & St Michael, Egremont
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OS grid reference NY 0111810565
Location Egremont, Cumbria
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Status Parish church
Dedication St Mary & St Michael
Parish Egremont
Deanery Calder
Archdeaconry West Cumberland
Diocese Carlisle
Province York

St Mary & St Michael is in Egremont, Cumbria, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Calder, and the diocese of Carlisle. Its benefice of Egremont with Bigrigg & Haile. The church is a grade 2 listed building.


St Mary & St Michael's Church was built in 1881, to a design by T.L Banks of Whitehaven, replacing an earlier 12th century church. A recess in the west wall houses the baptistry, donated by the Freemasons of Egremont in 1883, contains seven stained-glass windows. In 1901 the tower was raised 42 feet by Oliver & Dodgshun (Carlisle) and contains a set of eight bells presented by Lord Leconfield.


The church has hammer-dressed, snecked, sandstone blocks with quoins; moulded plinth, strings, eaves cornice, and pilaster buttresses. It has a graduated slate roof with outshoots to either side of the chancel with stone copings, kneelers, and apex crosses. There is an embattled tower to north-west corner, nave with aisles, short transept, and chancel. The 4-stage tower has a panelled door to ground floor with a pointed arch-head of 4 orders with foliate capitals to jamb-shafts. There is a similar 2-order door in the gabled porch on south side. The lancet windows, some in chancel and north nave aisle re-used are late 12th century; the corbels are of similar date to north aisle. The interior has pointed arches throughout with a 5-bay nave arcade carried on columns with foliate capitals. The nave roof is carried on corbels. The transept arms are separated from nave by a 2-bay arcade carried on tall quatrefoil pier. There are 2-seater sedilia, pillar piscina, and shelf, under wall arcade in chancel. The pulpit is Caen stone with alabaster figures, supported on marble shafts. The font has a sculpture of a kneeling angel holding a large scallop shell, copied from a design by Thorvaldsen in the Lutheran Cathedral in Copenhagen. Above the altar is a carved reredos, and above that a large stained glass window. The glass in the rose window was replaced with a modern design by Christine Boyce in 1992.


The churchyard extension has 2 Commonwealth War Graves from the First and Second World War