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photoblog image A Look At Lakeland (1 of quite a few)

A Look At Lakeland (1 of quite a few)

MIREHOUSE 7/7

St.Bega’s church stands by the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake on the Mire house estate. The present building dates from pre-Norman times. The font is dated about 1300 and has an octagonal lead-lined bowl. The 14th century lead crucifix hanging over the pulpit is similar to one in St. Albans Cathedral. There is a wrought iron hourglass used to time sermons. Historical families of the area including the Speddings of Mirehouse are remembered in various tablets and windows. Lord Alfred Tennyson stayed at Mirehouse in 1835 while he was writing his poem ‘Morte D’Arthur’ and St Bega’s Church inspired the opening lines:

 

‘…to a chapel nigh the field,

A broken chancel with a broken cross,

That stood on a dark straight of barren land,’.

 

 

 

A Look At Lakeland (1 of quite a few)

MIREHOUSE 7/7

St.Bega’s church stands by the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake on the Mire house estate. The present building dates from pre-Norman times. The font is dated about 1300 and has an octagonal lead-lined bowl. The 14th century lead crucifix hanging over the pulpit is similar to one in St. Albans Cathedral. There is a wrought iron hourglass used to time sermons. Historical families of the area including the Speddings of Mirehouse are remembered in various tablets and windows. Lord Alfred Tennyson stayed at Mirehouse in 1835 while he was writing his poem ‘Morte D’Arthur’ and St Bega’s Church inspired the opening lines:

 

‘…to a chapel nigh the field,

A broken chancel with a broken cross,

That stood on a dark straight of barren land,’.

 

 

 

comments (12)

anotherr fine collage
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Oct 2013, 06:56
a fine, little church - but all is likely to have been finely restored- nothing is 'broken'.

"Saint Bega was reputedly a saint of the Early Middle Ages; an Irish princess who valued virginity. Promised in marriage to a Viking prince who, according to a medieval manuscript The Life of St Bega, was "son of the king of Norway", Bega "fled across the Irish sea to land at St. Bees on the Cumbrian coast. There she settled for a time, leading a life of exemplary piety, then, fearing the raids of pirates which were starting along the coast, she moved over to Northumbria". The most likely time for this would have been after AD 850, when the Vikings were settling Ireland."
Brian Walbey: Thanks for discovering this interesting information Philine, did you notice in the top left image the cross on the steps that I featured in Monday's posting?
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Oct 2013, 07:13
All very agreeable and appropriate Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris.
A fine collage of a delightful little church Brian
Brian Walbey: Not only was it a nice little church but it made a great shelter from the rain which bucketed down while we were inside!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Oct 2013, 08:58
Oh.. it's much bigger than I thought from your image yesterday. I see the sheep waiting to join the already-packed congregation smile It looks delightful.
Brian Walbey: Not only was it a nice little church but it made a great shelter from the rain which bucketed down while we were inside!
You have many pictures of this church - I like you have shared them all
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much.
  • Mary MacADNski
  • Beautiful Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • 27 Oct 2013, 09:48
Nice set of shots, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mary.
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 27 Oct 2013, 11:20
This series has the Walbey mark all over it and your high standards have been retained
Brian Walbey: That's very kind of you to say so Richard, thanks.
This chuch is superb Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 27 Oct 2013, 22:37
Reminds me so much of my Ireland sojourn. Beautiful.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much.
I'm taken by the top left image, Brian. The sheep, the stone wall, the bell tower, the beautiful background scenery; this shot is a real charmer.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Beverly. There is a lot to look at in that picture isn't there, and the cross is of course the one I started this series with last Monday.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 31 Oct 2013, 06:17
Gorgeous montage, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray.

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