Revd. Andrew Burrell
Our church building is open for visiting and prayer from 10am to 6pm
Only completed in 1859, English Gothic in architectural style, known as the “Little Cathedral of the Fellside” and where the father of John Bradburne was the parson; Skirwith is a very different church to most of its neighbours!
It was built in the high years of Queen Victoria by the Trustees of William Parker of Skirwith Abbey who left some £9000 in his will to build a church and vicarage and to provide an annual maintenance allowance. From a distance, the most significant feature is the tower including its three bells. The tower renovation was completed in 2009 with significant help from English Heritage and this has allowed the structure to stand firm once again against the ferocious Helm wind. The marble slab under the altar contains a fragment of the arm of St Vincent de Paul, a nod to the first incumbent, Christopher Parker who was a member of the
Society of the Holy Cross which advocated Anglo-Catholic ritual.
Services are held here once a month with occasional special events such as the annual Corpus Christi service and the visits of the John Bradburne Memorial Society. The church is supported by a small but active number of villagers augmented by other worshippers from the Fellside churches.
To find out more about our events, how you can hold your celebration with us, or for anything else, contact our church wardens:
Vera Stockdale: 01768 88331