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St Michael, Shap, Cumbria

St Michael's church in Shap, Cumbria, was built in 1140 AD, predating Shap Abbey and the site is known to have had a church since 750 AD.
Complete restoration of the church took place in 1898 and of the 12th Century building, only the interior Norman pillars and lower parts of the walls and windows on the north side remain.
The earlier chancel built in 1765 was replaced and a new tower was built in 1820.
At the same time the Vestry was rebuilt, an Organ Chamber added and the South Aisle extended westward to form the Chapel
The double Aisled church contains some fine late victorian glass and carving and a 13th Century font.
The latest addition of the Millenium window, the work of Huddersfield artist, Adam Goodyear, involved members of the community to produce a piece of artwork that reflects the heritage and local environment.
Dedication of the window took place on 29th September, 2000 by the Revd. Canon Gervase Markham M.B.E., M.A.
St. Michael's, Shap, is one of a group of five churches on the High Westmorland Parishes Trail, stretching from Ravenstonedale in the upper Lune Valley to Bampton near the Haweswater dam. A distance of around 35 miles.

St Michael, Shap, Cumbria
St Michael, Shap, Cumbria

A monument commemorating the deaths of rail workers during the construction of the Shap section of the Lancaster and Carlisle Railways in the 1840's, is to be found in the church yard to the North of the building near the main gate.

More information about the railway here.

The railroad memorial at St Michael
Sacred memory to the
workmen who lost their lives by accidents
during the progress of the work on the
Shap district of the Lancaster
and Carlisle railway
and whose names are to be
found in the parish register books.

Like crowded forest trees we stand
and some are marked to fall.
The axe will smite at God's command
and soon shall smite us all.

No present health can life ensure
for yet an hour to come.
No human power our life secure
and save us from the tomb.

Sep 1846

to the memory of

George Ditchfield

storekeeper on the
Langcaster & Carlisle Railway
who departed his life on the
9th of April 1847. Aged 52.

He hath left a widow and three small
children to mourn the loss of a loving
husband and parent.
His affectionate brother, as a tribute
to his memory, has caused this stone
to be erected.
A grave stone in the cemetery of St Michael


A grave stone in the cemetery of St Michael
loving memory

Mary Hutchinson

of Tebay Gill, Tebay,
who entered into rest
March 22nd, 1888. Aged 73 years.

also of

Jonathan Hutchinson

Yeoman, of Tebay Gill,
husband of the above
who entered into rest
April 29th, 1892. Aged 81 years.

"And we all do fade as a leaf."

In loving memory of

John Irving, ship asset,

who died April 23rd 1895,
aged 73 years.

and of Elizabeth his wife

who died January 3rd 1874,
aged 42 years.
A grave stone in the cemetery of St Michael

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