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St. Anthony's
Cartmel Fell, Grange-over-Sands LA11 6NH

Welcome to St. Anthony’s church webpage… We have a delightful little church here in Cartmel Fell which remains open for visitors everyday.

St Anthony’s Church nestles on the east side of Cartmel Fell, and a visitor’s first challenge is to find it! It is about a mile south of the Mason’s Arms on Strawberry Bank, and there is a sign to the church just down the hill from the pub. It is at OS map reference 416880 just below the parish hall, and stands in a lovely churchyard, resplendent with wild daffodils in the spring.

The church was built in 1504 to save the scattered fellside community from having to walk 7 miles to Cartmel Priory, and was initially served by one of the monks. Later it became a parish church in its own right, and the priest doubled as the schoolmaster, teaching in the church.

Now St Anthony’s is part of the Two Valleys group of parishes, sharing a priest-in-charge and other clergy within the group. The small regular congregation of local people, and others drawn to St Anthony’s from further afield, is greatly swelled at major festivals, and for the rites of passage of parishioners. It is also popular for weddings of people from elsewhere who can establish a connection with the parish.

It is also an ideal church for quiet contemplation and prayer, as appropriate under the dedication to St Anthony of Egypt, perhaps the first Christian hermit, and founder of monasticism. He also became the patron saint of swineherds and charcoal burners, which probably explains his choice as patron. He is depicted in the east window, with his bell, staff and little pig, and his companion St. Leonard.

There is a service almost every Sunday morning at 9.30am and generally we follow the monthly pattern of services below, but there are occasional variations so you can check the services for this month by clicking the link in the "services" panel.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer for Cartmel Fell, Crosthwaite, Winster, and Witherslack is Mrs Jane Eccles. If you have any concerns over the Safeguarding of children or adults in any of these four parishes then please contact Jane on 015395 58138 or 07779 953763.

Our parishes follow the Church of England's Policy Document "Promoting a Safer Church" which you find by clicking on the link.

A snapshot of our friendly congregation at the end of one of our 9.30am Communion services in the delightful church of St. Anthony.