Dearham Church of St Mungo

Has been described as a Possible Pele Tower, and also as a Possible Fortified Ecclesiastical site

There are major building remains

NameDearham Church of St Mungo
Alternative Names
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishDearham

Parish Church. Late C12 with C13 additions and north aisle 1882 by C.J. Ferguson. Mixed St Bees and red hammer-dressed sandstone. Graduated greenslate roof with coped gables and cross finials. Square west 3-storey tower may have been fortified; 3-bay nave with 6-bay aisle and south porch; 2-bay chancel. Tower has 2-light west window and 2-light bell openings, but all other windows are small. Nave has C19 2-light south windows. Porch has pointed arch under trefoil niche; south door is C12 with carved capitals and round-moulded arch. Various medieval grave slab fragments built into east wall of porch. Aisle has 2- and 3-light C19 windows. Chancel has priest's doorway and 2 original south windows; small original east window. Interior of tower base is tunnel-vaulted with segmental arch opening into nave. 4-bay aisle of pointed arches on hexagonal columns. C12 font appears to have been a cushion capital, carved with dragons and symmetrical designs in scrolled panels. Medieval grave slabs, 3 built into the aisle wall, and a free-standing Celtic wheel-head cross. North wall of chancel has the internal remains of an original window. Roof, furnishings and fittings all 1882. C19 stained glass in east window only. (Listed Building Report)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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  • Brooke, C.J., 2000, Safe Sanctuaries (Edinburgh; John Donald) p. 296-8
  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 11
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1967, Buildings of England: Cumberland and Westmorland (Harmondsworth) p. 120


  • Collingwood, W.G., 1923, 'An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Cumberland' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 23 p. 249 online copy