Great Crosthwaite Church of St Kentigern

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Ecclesiastical site

There are major building remains

NameGreat Crosthwaite Church of St Kentigern
Alternative Names
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishKeswick

Church founded in circa 1175, allegedly on the site of a cross of 600. Additions were carried out during C14 and 1553. The church was restored in 1844-45. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Brooke writes church tower is notably strong. Church door, for which draw bar slot survives, was recorded as being of oak four inches thick embedded with several musket balls. As with several of the churches mentioned by Brooke Gatehouse has difficulty seeing anything unusual about this church generally or the church tower specifically. A thick oak door could deter thieves but would not stop determined raiders gaining entry through the windows.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

Historic England Scheduled Monument Number
Historic England Listed Building number(s)
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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY257242
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  • Brooke, C.J., 2000, Safe Sanctuaries (Edinburgh; John Donald) p. 301-3
  • Pevsner, N., 1967, Buildings of England: Cumberland and Westmorland (Harmondsworth: Penguin) p. 114-15


  • 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. 252 online copy

Guide Books

  • Wilson, T. (Revised by Kaye, J.W.), 1970 (2edn), History of Crosthwaite Church, Keswick (Keswick: G.W.McKane and Sons)