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Little Church

By Philip_H
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,

Tags: Lake district Cumbria Church Architecture National park Altar Wasdale head Pews Smallest church Mountain chapel St olaf

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CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
15 Dec 2012 2:01PM
A fine interior capture, Philip, and I love the beamed roof. Carol

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EAS Plus
8 1 13 Scotland
15 Dec 2012 2:50PM
It's as simple and lovely as I remember. Beautifully captured and interesting info too.

Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
15 Dec 2012 3:05PM
Cosy to say the least. Well captured, Philip, and interesting accompanying info.

15 Dec 2012 3:28PM
Peace & Solitude................SmileSmileSmile
15 Dec 2012 3:39PM
What a special place is Philip !! Thanx for the most interesting write up on it too ! An excellent photo Smile
Herge88 Plus
10 40 4 England
15 Dec 2012 3:40PM
A well exposed image of a very small but interesting church.

Best Matt
Tibetan 5 3 England
15 Dec 2012 4:54PM
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
7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
15 Dec 2012 8:06PM
An image which epitomises peace.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
15 Dec 2012 9:52PM
Very interesting litle church, nice information.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
15 Dec 2012 10:09PM
Nice and cosy!
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2012 10:12AM
A thoughtful image Philip nicely presented and agood write up .
Lovely shot.
16 Dec 2012 9:49PM
A lovely little church,great shot..Lin
carper123 Plus
6 1.0k 8 United Kingdom
18 Dec 2012 4:42PM
Wonderful low light shot, great pov and comp, luv it.
Well done, Phillip.
Darryl. SmileSmile

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