Hidden Away in a Lakeland Valley


Newlands Church and School Room, The English Lake District, Cumbria

I was going to use this image as one of my Wordless Wednesday / Favourite Places but as I thought that I should add a little more background information…wordless seem inappropriate!

Tucked away in a corner of Newlands Valley in north west Lakeland is a small farming community centred around Little Town. It is here that this little church can be found.  The church was built sometime around 1600, the date on the pulpit is 1610, early records show that there was a chapel on this site in the 1576.

The church as we see it today was rebuilt in the 1840’s and is still used for worship today.

Like all churches in previous centuries, it was a church of great community importance for the parishioners serving many roles apart from worship. The lower building on the left illustrates this very well.  It is a School Room added by the local community in 1877 for the their children…. it was only closed in 1967….nearly 100 years of education service for this lonely rural community.

The School Room was restored in 2000 as a place for quiet reflection.

Even though the Lake District is so popular with walkers and whilst some great hills and valleys surround Little Town  surprisingly few actual discover this little gem in the valley….for those that do it soon becomes a Favourite Place – it is certainly one of mine.

5th October

(C) David Oakes 2015


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