The Kentmere 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.
We are making plans to re-open the church on 17th May if the present Covid ”roadmap” remains is place. The first service will be Evening Prayer at 6.00 p.m. on Sunday 23rd. It will be led by Revd James Richards. Following that we will restart the pattern of services following those Covid Guidelines that are still applicable.
You can find the times of services here>> The regular congregation at St Cuthbert’s would be delighted to welcome you and any visitors to any or all of these services.
In 2016 there were extensive repairs to the church roof as shown in the sample photographs at the bottom of this page. More detailed information about the roof restoration work and further photographs are available here>>
History of St Cuthbert’s
Work has started to enhance our knowledge of the history of the church from information gathered during the 2016 roof restoration.
The first findings were reported in the Staveley & District History Society Journal, No 38-1, Winter 2016-17 >>
Taking the lid off (Part one)>> by Robert Courtier and Iain Johnston explores some of the findings concerning the history of the church which were revealed during the restoration work on the roof structure during 2016.
Old postcards and photographs of the church can be seen in our gallery>>
St Cuthbert’s Roof Restoration