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St Olaf's church, Wasdale Head, Cumbria (reputedly England's smallest church), near England's deepest lake (Wast Water) and within the shadow of its highest mountain (Scafell Pike).

This little church is set amidst yew trees in the Viking fields of Wasdale. In the churchyard are the graves of many climbers who died on the surrounding fells. The churchwardens' staves have a Herdwick ram's head on one, and a ewe's head on the other.
The south window has small leaded lights with a stained glass image of Napes Needle and the quotation 'I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my strength'. The window is a memorial to members of the Fell & Rock Climbing Club who gave their lives in WWI.

The date of the church is uncertain, the earliest reference to it being in 1550. The dedication to St Olaf is as recent as 1977, in honour of the Vikings to whom legend attributes the early settlement of these dales.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Which Way?'.

Best wishes,
Philip

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:4 Sep 2012 - 1:42 PM
Focal Length:8.7mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/3.2
Shutter Speed:1/10sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Little Church
Username:Philip_H Philip_H
Uploaded:15 Dec 2012 - 1:41 PM
Tags:Altar, Architecture, Church, Cumbria, Lake district, Mountain chapel, National park, Pews, Smallest church, St olaf, Wasdale head
Votes:32

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2012 - 2:01 PM

A fine interior capture, Philip, and I love the beamed roof. Carol

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2012 - 2:50 PM

It's as simple and lovely as I remember. Beautifully captured and interesting info too.

Ann

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41035 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2012 - 3:05 PM

Cosy to say the least. Well captured, Philip, and interesting accompanying info.

Dave

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NaturesHaven
NaturesHaven e2 Member 2246 forum postsNaturesHaven vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2012 - 3:28 PM

Peace & Solitude................SmileSmileSmile

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
15 Dec 2012 - 3:39 PM

What a special place is Philip !! Thanx for the most interesting write up on it too ! An excellent photo Smile

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2012 - 3:40 PM

A well exposed image of a very small but interesting church.

Best Matt

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
15 Dec 2012 - 4:54 PM

A beautiful little church, and a lovely photo to! very well composed, love that stained glass window and the single seated person there nice, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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NDODS e2 Member 33098 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2012 - 8:06 PM

An image which epitomises peace.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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HELANA
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15 Dec 2012 - 9:52 PM

Very interesting litle church, nice information.
Elena

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2012 - 10:09 PM

Nice and cosy!

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bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Dec 2012 - 10:12 AM

A thoughtful image Philip nicely presented and agood write up .
Rob

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headskiesfly
16 Dec 2012 - 8:15 PM

Lovely shot.
Rick

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Dec 2012 - 9:49 PM

A lovely little church,great shot..Lin

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carper123
carper123  280 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
18 Dec 2012 - 4:42 PM

Wonderful low light shot, great pov and comp, luv it.
Well done, Phillip.
Darryl. SmileSmile

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