Sunday, 17 June 2018

St James the Less Tatham

11 June 2018

Up a little country lane on the outskirts of Bentham there is a small collection of farm buildings, we had gone to see my husbands friends. They live in a converted barn and her grandparents lived in the old vicarage, the church is situated at the bottom of their garden.  

There are lovely views over to Ingleborough one of the three peaks in the Yorkshire dales.

The church is open to the public and there is some information sheets to perches inside the church, I had no change on the day and very little time to look for everything.

Situated in the picturesque Lune Valley there has been a Church on this site for many centuries.

The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building. It stands above the flood plain of the River Wenning.


Inside the church between the nave and the aisle is a three-bay arcade. It consists of pointed arches carried on octagonal piers, with bases and capitals said to date from the 12th century. In the floor of the chancel is a medieval grave-cover. Also in the chancel are a triple sedilia and a piscina with trefoil heads; both of these have been restored and reconstructed. The sandstone font is octagonal and carved. The choirstalls, pews and pulpit were designed by Paley and Austin. The stained glass in the east window is by Burlison and Grylls and dates from the late 19th century. The window also incorporates glass depicting the arms of the Duke of Lancaster in grisaille, dating from about 1300 to about 1400. The west window in the aisle contains glass by Shrigley and Hunt, dated 1909, depicting Saint Helen. In the church are brasses dating from the 17th century. Also in the church are the painted royal arms of George II. The two-manual organ was built in the 1880s by Abbott.There is a ring of three bells. The oldest of these was cast in 1771 by an unknown founder, and the other two in 1887 by John Taylor and Company.(LINK)

The memorial window (west wall)

Norman doorway


St James' is constructed in sandstone rubble, and has a stone slate roof. Its plan consists of a nave, a north aisle, a south porch, a chancel, a northeast vestry and organ chamber, and a west tower. The tower stands on a plinth, and has two setbacks. At its summit is a saddleback roof with gables to the north and south. Along the south wall of the church is one three-light window and three two-light windows, all containing Perpendicular tracery, and a buttress. The outer doorway of the porch has a pointed arch, above which is a slate sundial. The inner doorway is Norman, and has been much restored.On the north wall of the aisle are two windows, one with two lights, the other with three lights, both with trefoils under flat heads. Between them is a doorway with a pointed arch. The organ chamber is gabled and contains a three-light window with Perpendicular tracery. The vestry has a two-light window with Y-tracery. The east window has three lights with intersecting tracery.(LINK)

Entrance to car park 

The road side verges were filled with wild flowers and insects.

one of the mint family


Saturday, 16 June 2018


Tourist Office on Main street in Grange Over Sands

13 June 2018

Grange-over-Sands is a quiet seaside retreat on the Southern tip of the Cartmel peninsula, between the mountains and the sea, and only 7 miles from Windermere.

 Grange is a pretty resort with an Edwardian flavour and a mild climate. It is on the shores of Morecambe Bay, and from the 13th Century until the 1850’s, the major route from Lancaster was across the sands. In 1887, the coming of the Furness Railway encouraged the growth of Grange from a small hamlet to the town we see today. Wealthy industrialists from Lancashire and Yorkshire were quick to build large houses here.

 The estuary and the countryside around Grange are fascinating places for nature enthusiasts. A tremendous range of birds can be seen, and there are several nature reserves and sites of special scientific interest. Grange has some of the finest parks and gardens on the Cumbrian coast – the ornamental gardens has a lake with many water birds.(LINK)

We were having a short holiday in Giggleswick a place near were I grew up. As children we would often go to Morecambe but on the odd occasion we would visit the seaside towns up or down of Morecambe bay. 
I have not been to Grange since I was a child but I do remember it been lovely. We parked near the station walked through the town and back along the promenade, then back into town for lunch.

The clock tower, beside St Paul’s church.

The clock tower is one of the best building in Grange-over-Sands. It was put up in 1912, in the style of Manchester architect Edgar Wood, with diagonal buttresses, a small band of bell-openings, and a short octagonal spire.

Built in 1846 by the vicar of Cartmel, Hampsfell Hospice has provided shelter for travellers ever since. Just a half hour’s walk from from Grange, the Hospice boasts an outstanding view that takes in the Old Man of Coniston, Helvelyn, the Langdales and Morecambe Bay.(LINK)

St Paul’s church.

Many people passed through Grange on the over-sands route between Lancaster, Flookburgh and Ulverston, but few people settled until early in the 19th century when there was a steady increase in population and a trickle of holiday visitors. One of these early holiday-makers, Sarah Anne Clarke, from Liverpool, was distressed to find that most of the inhabitants excused themselves from attending any place of worship because the roads leading to the parish church at Cartmel and the chapel at Lindale were in a very bad state (LINK)
(Sarah Anne Clarke (LINK))

The Methodist church

John Wesley preached at the nearby Flookburgh, which was on the main thoroughfare across the sands long before Grange gained importance. His followers met in a stone barn on the shore from about 1867, until Alexander Brogden of Holme Island donated this land for a church. His wife laid the foundation stone. The first incumbent, Reverend Bamford Judge, was given dispensation to walk over the viaduct to Arnside by the Furness Railway Company. Saving time on his ministers circuit.

St. Charles Roman Catholic Church

St. Charles Roman Catholic Church in Grange-over-Sands was founded in 1884 as an offshoot of St Mary’s in Ulverston.

A walk along the promenade looking over to the station.

The town developed in the Victorian era from a small fishing village, and the arrival of the railway made it a popular seaside resort on the north side of Morecambe Bay, across the sands from Morecambe. The 'over-Sands' suffix was added in the late 19th or early 20th century by the local vicar, who was fed up with his post going to Grange in Borrowdale near Keswick.

The River Kent used to flow past the town's mile-long promenade but its course migrated south, away from Grange. The sands or mudflats with dangerous quicksands became a grass meadow now grazed by small flocks of sheep. As a result of sustained easterly winds in the early part of 2007, the river has begun to switch its course back across the bay, and it remains to see whether the meadows survive.

In 1932 a lido was built on the seafront but it closed in 1993 and was listed Grade II in 2011 (LINK)

Sadly it is still closed, while we were sat on the front having coffee a lady asked about the baths, I think they would like to open it again , which would be lovely . But it is all down to cost.

There are still red squirrels in the Lake District (though precious few grapes to sustain them), but the Furness Railway has long gone ..... but these benches still adorn the promenade near Grange-over-Sands railway station.(LINK)

There were a few birds out on the waters edge,Gulls mainly and the odd Mallard. I should have brought my binoculars... 

The Edwardian resort of Grange-over-Sands, often called the 'Riviera of the north', is situated on the edge of the Lake District National Park. Nestled between the scenic Lake District mountains and Morecambe Bay, its sheltered location makes its climate one of the mildest in the Lake District.

Passed the station looking back to the baths, bottom photo is the end of the promenade.

Holme Island

Wooded island
Holme Island from Grange Over Sands.

Holme Island

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

The sands around it are increasingly being covered by the all-pervasive Spartina grass which has become a real problem in the area over the past few years. Rather than being surrounded by sand when the tide is out, the island is in the middle of a sea of green grass.(LINK)

The house on the island was built in the 1830s although it's thought there was a shooting lodge on there prior to that. There's also a lodge and a cottage.

The station building was designed by the Lancaster architect E. G. Paley for the Furness Railway Company in about 1864. It was extensively restored to its former glory in the late 1990s. The railway through Grange was originally opened on 1 September 1857 by the Ulverston & Lancaster Railway. The station was initially named Grange, the current name being adopted by the Furness Railway in June 1916. From 1 January 1923, the station was operated by the London Midland & Scottish Railway. At one time the line carried a very heavy industrial traffic to support the iron and steel industry of the Furness area, including coke from County Durham.(LINK)

Hope you have enjoyed this little trip round Grange-over-Sands.