Warwick on Eden, St Leonard's Church
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The apse is notable for the exterior decoration, with pilaster strips running vertically down the walls, separated by round-headed recesses, or arches. There are no known similar examples in England, though this design is quite common on the Eurpean continent.
There is no tower, just a small stone bellcote at the west end, and a projecting west porch, another rarity. The best interior feature is the huge Norman arch at the west end of the nave. This may have been the original chancel, arch, moved to its current location by Prior Thornton of Wetheral in the 16th century.
On the south side of the apse is a butress carved with a rebus, or punning symbol, related to Prior Thornton. The carving shows a thorn tree (Thorn) growing from a barrel (tun), giving us the full name 'Thorn-ton'.
VisitingFinding St Leonard's church is a challenge. The official postcode took our car to the entrance of Warwick Hall, on the A69, just west of its junction with the B6263. The actual entrance is the next lane west, heading north off the A69 onto The Old Chapel. There is parking at the end of the lane, and from there a footpath leads to the church, which is well hidden behind a screen of trees. You can't see the church at all from the main road, and you can only see a sign once you've turned off to the chapel.
The church is unfortunately kept locked unless you can arrange a visit ahead of time, or attend a service. You can aleways explore the exterior.
About Warwick on Eden, St Leonard's Church
Address: Warwick on Eden, Cumbria, England, CA4 8PG
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Off the A69 1 mile north of Wetheral
Website: Warwick on Eden, St Leonard's Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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