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St Paul, Irton
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St Paul, Irton
Coordinates: 54°23′30″N 3°24′02″W / 54.391633°N 3.400511°W / 54.391633; -3.400511
OS grid reference NY0915900477
Location St Paul, Irton, Cumbria
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website [1]
History
Status Parish church
Dedication St Paul
Administration
Parish Irton with Santon
Deanery Calder
Archdeaconry West Cumberland
Diocese Carlisle
Province York
Clergy
Vicar(s) Revd Gill Hart

St Paul, Irton is in Irton with Santon, Cumbria, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Calder, and the diocese of Carlisle. Its benefice is Black Combe, Drigg, Eskdale, Irton, Muncaster and Waberthwaite. The church is a Grade II* Listed Building.

History

St Paul's church was founded by Augustinian monks in the 13th century. It was rebuilt and consecrated in 1865, designed by Miles Thompson of Kendal using the old church's original stone and wood. Extensions and renovations were carried out in 1887 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, these included the introduction of the present timber roof.

Architecture

Built of the local stone with pebble dash stucco with a slate roof and terra-cotta ridge tiles. The interior space comprises a 4-bay nave with west tower, 3-bay chancel, and adjoining vestry. The tower contains a peal of eight bells given by Sir Thomas Brocklebank, the shipping magnate, who set up the Brocklebank Shipping Co in Whitehaven. There are memorials to various members of the Brocklebank family, and to Admiral Lutwidge.

The floor is tiled with Minton Encaustic tiles. The stone font has 4 marble shafts supporting circular bowl with evangelist symbols carved on panels at cardinal points. The octagonal wooden pulpit has arcaded, openwork sides. Scrollwork decoration to wrought-iron gates in tower arch. The pipe organ pipes are decorated with Fleur-de-lis. The pews are a dark wood and fixed a quatrefoil carved into ends.

There are many stained glass windows in the church, and two pairs of these are designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, and made by William Morris & Co. These show St Paul, The Tiburtine Sibyl, St Agnes with a lamb, and St Catherine of Alexandria.

Churchyard

The churchyard has approximately 100 grave stones and a further 100 in an adjacent cemetery, including 1 Commonwealth War Grave

In the churchyard is Irton Cross, an Anglo-Saxon cross dating from the early 9th century, it lies chronologically between the Bewcastle Cross and the Gosforth cross and has greater affinity with the earlier Anglo-Roman style of Bewcastle. Pevsner describes this as one of the most important crosses in Cumberland.

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