St. Martin's Church,


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As people at St. Martin's by God's grace we strive to live by his values, worship together, reveal the Good News, and see God's kingdom grow

Our Vision:
To see a thriving, growing Christian community

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About this site

Welcome to this 'plain vanilla' website for St. Martin's Church, Bowness-on-Windermere. We hope it will meet your needs for information about the church.


From the Rector:
"I say Morning Prayer in church on most weekday mornings at 9.15 am . You are very welcome to join me at church. If you can't join me in person, but would like to pray with the wider church, why not use the Church of England's daily prayer feed see below left."
James Richards

Latest Updates & Announcements

Annual Meeting
Our Annual Meeting takes place on Sunday 6th April. All the papers for the meeting are available online

Church Opening
Once again our wonderful team of volunteer welcomers are preparing to begin our 'open' season. We aim to keep our church building open to visitors seven days a week between 10.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. from Sunday 6th April to the end of September. You will be very welcome. See more below about visiting St. Martin's

News from our five-yearly (Quinquennial) inspection
Every five years our church building is expected by a suitably qualified architect. The headline from the Quinquennial Report is that the architect feels the building is in very good condition. The report, however, identifies £50,000 of work to be carried out within the next five years. Some of that work is inspection of further parts of the building, and we have already had the detailed inspection of the roof carried out. The report of that inspection reveals further work that needs to be carried out at an estimated cost of anything from £90,000 to £400,000.

This represents a considerable challenge for us as a fairly small worshipping community. The challenge is not just to care for a building which is an important part of our national and laocal heritage - without any state support - but also to continue to be active in mission and witness, and faithful to what God is calling us to do as his people in this place.

We have now begun some preliminary work of detailed inspection, and our last PCC meeting authorised about £3,000 of 'routine' maintenance and repair work, and £9,400 of investigative work on roof timbers, plaster, tower & electrical system

Visiting St. Martin's
St. Martin's is fortunate to have in its East Window what an expert has described as 'the finest collection of medieval glass in the North-West of England'. We also have a unique 'Arts and Crafts' inspired decorative scheme from the 1870 restoration by Henry Hughes of the renowned stained glass makers, Ward and Hughes of Frith Street, London. Henry Hughes also carried out a very sensitive restoration of the East Window. For more information follow the Our Building link on the left.

During the out of season months, the church can usually be visited on weekday mornings between 9.30 a.m. and about 1.00 p.m. (please respect the communion service that takes place in the chapel on Wednesdays between 10.30 and 11.15 am). On Thursday mornings you are likely to meet our band of valued volunteer cleaners. (These times are subject to other services which may be held from time to time.)

On your visit to the Lakes why not spend half an hour enjoying the peace and beauty of this ancient building as part of your visit to our community.

The churchyard is always open to visitors and includes the listed gravestone of Rasselas Belfield (at the east end of the church) which is one of English Heritage's Sites of Memory. Ironically a tombstone at the West end of the church commemorates John Bolton the owner of Storrs Hall and a local benefactor much of whose wealth was founded on the "triangular trade".

We are also on the Blackwell Arts & Crafts trail.

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