Church of England Diocese of Carlisle Coniston and Torver

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The Church of St. Andrew in Coniston is very much at the heart of the community. The location of the building itself makes it very difficult to avoid if you are travelling through the village, however, much more is that St. Andrew's is considered "the village church". This is not because of any denominational affiliation but simply because of its location and the family connections that have built up over the years.

The church building is surrounded by the old churchyard which is now closed to burials, but includes the notable grave and memorial stone of the famous art and social reform critic, John Ruskin, who refused a burial in Westminster Abbey for one in his beloved Coniston. The new churchyard is two hundred yards away from St. Andrew's to the left of the Crown Inn down Hawkshead Old Road. The new churchyard, which is still open for burials, contains the grave of Donald Campbell who held four World Water Speed records in the late 1950, but was sadly killed in a tragic accident in 1967 attempting to do so again.

In 2014, the ecclesiastical parish of Torver became part of the parish of Coniston, to form the parish of Coniston & Torver with St. Andrew's, Coniston remaining the parish church and St. Luke's, Torver becoming a chapel of ease.

If you are interested in more of the history of Coniston and St. Andrew's, then please visit our webpage History of St. Andrew's, Coniston.

If you would be interested in seeing a 360 degree photograph of the interior of St. Andrew's, Coniston then please click here.


In the Benefice of Coniston and the Crake Valley, we take safeguarding concerns very seriously. If you have any concerns then please do get in touch with one of the contacts on our Safeguarding webpage

If you wish to report a safeguarding concern, or require further information about Safeguarding in any of our churches or in general then please immediately contact our Safeguarding Officer - Juliet Caldwell, email: [email protected]