Home

Parish Council Agendas and Minutes

Tallentire Windfarm Community Development Fund

Bridekirk Village

Dovenby Village

Tallentire village

Bridekirk Dovenby School

Bridekirk Church & Parish Lectures

Local Links

Dovenby WI Archive
with 2017 programme

Local History

St. Bridget's Church Bridekirk 

 

Church contacts include the Team Rector Godfrey Buckland tel 01900 825763, Team Vicar Dr Adrian Thompson tel 01900 821288 and Curate Rev John Griffiths tel 01900 826317
 

The village of Bridekirk is named after the cruciform shaped church of St. Bridget, which was re-constructed in the late 1860s. The history of the church is dealt with in the notes of a lecture by Dr Hugh Doherty which are available to read here.

St Bridget's, Bridekirk is a Church of England Church. The ecclesiastical  parish encompasses the  villages of Bridekirk, Tallentire, Dovenby and Papcastle.

Click the image for a detailed view

The is a useful index of the location of graves in St. Bridget's churchyard which is available here.

Click the image for a detailed view

Surviving in the churchyard of St. Bridget's are the remains of a ruined chancel with 16th century east and south windows.

Click the image for a detailed view

In June 2012, Dr Clare Downham of Liverpool University gave a lecture entitled 'Who Was St Bridget? An account of this lecture is available to read here. and gives a useful insight into the life and legends surrounding her.

On June 7th 2013 Prof Angus Winchester gave a lecture on the history of the area in the 17th Century An account of this lecture is given here.

 

On Friday 6th June 2014, Dr Fiona Edmonds delivered a lecture on Gaelic-Scandinavian Influence in Bridekirk and the Surrounding Area, from the Tenth century to the Twelfth

A précis of the lecture is available to read here.

 

Click the image for a detailed view

Incorporated in the construction of the 1860s are two Norman doorways. 

The church has a recently constructed Sunday School room which may possibly be available for  meetings etc.  It is already used for church meetings.

The church Sunday School room is shown alongside..

 

The church is famous for its 12th century casket shaped font carved with inscriptions, birds, beasts and the baptism of Christ. It is signed by a 'Richard', believed to be the work of a famous carver from Durham.

Click the image for a detailed view

 

 

The finial on the roof of the Sunday School Room

 

For more information on the church room, please contact Pauline Hodge on 01900 267081 or Elizabeth Steel on 01900 823185

 

Children aged 2 to 12 are welcome at the weekly Sunday School.  Information is available from Sheila Martin on 01900 828426.

 

 

 

Parish Council Contact  - clerk@bridekirkparish.org.uk
Website contact -
webmaster@bridekirkparish.org.uk
© Bridekirk Parish Council, Cumbria