The village church is St Cuthbert’s. St Cuthbert is a saint of the north of England, who lived on Holy Island, or Lindisfarne. His body now rests in Durham Cathedral. He was originally buried on Lindisfarne but when the Danes attacked in 875 A.D. the body was taken to various places in the north of England and even as far as southern Scotland. It is possible that his body rested at Kentmere during these movements, but there seems to be no evidence for this. Or it may be that the St. Cuthbert’s church in Kentmere was dedicated to him because he was and is a popular saint in the north of England.
You can find the times of services here>>
There is an excellent guide book>> to the Church written by Iain Johnston, and some old postcards and photographs of the church can be seen in our gallery>>
In 2016 there were extensive repairs to the church roof as shown in the photographs below. There is more detailed information about the repairs, including further photographs, here>>
“The PCC and parishioners of St Cuthbert’s Church, Kentmere, would like to thank all those who supported the appeal to raise funds for the re-roofing of the church. This was brought to a successful conclusion in October 2016. It was a huge project for this small rural parish, costing some £225,000 in total. We are all very grateful for the support of the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund who gave us almost 50% funding and the maximum possible under that scheme.
We are hoping to build on information that has come to light during the roof repairs and to develop our knowledge of the history of the church and its surrounding community. Dendrochronology analysis of its main timbers indicated that the present structure was built in the very early 1500s, but little else is known of church records around this period.”
On behalf of St Cuthbert’s PCC.
Work has started to enhance our knowledge of the history of the church from information gathered during the 2016 roof restoration, with the first findings reported in the Staveley & District History Society Journal, No 38, Winter 2016-17 >>.