St John the Baptist, Tunstall
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Please check service times if there is a fifth Sunday in the month as all six churches in the Benefice share a joint service at one of the churches. We also have extra activities at times such as Christmas and Easter. All details can be found on our website 'Benefice of East Lonsdale'. NOTE: AUTUMN 2015 - SPRING 2016. Revd Robert Hannaford has left the Benefice to take up a post as full time Minister at St John's Church, Workington. We will have a temporary service pattern until a new Minister is appointed.
A church at Tunstall is recorded in the Domesday Survey but the oldest structure in the present church dates from the 13th century. The church was rebuilt around 1415 by Sir Thomas Tunstal. Alterations were made in the 16th century and the church was restored in 1907. In the early 19th century the church was attended by the Brontë sisters during the time they were receiving education at the Clergy Daughter's School at nearby Cowan Bridge.
A Roman votive stone has been built into the surround of a window in the north aisle. Under the tower arch is an 18th century oval marble font on a sandstone balaster base. The east window contains glass from the Netherlands dating from the late 15th and 16th centuries. It was donated to the church in 1810 by Richard Toulmin North of nearby Thurland Castle. In the church are a number of memorials to the Fenwick family. The two-manual organ was built in 1923 by Harrison & Harrison.
A beautiful painting by Montemezzano which has hung in the church for over 200 years was featured on the programme 'Fake or Fortune' in July 2015. It is hoped that the original painting will soon be back in place for visitors to see after being temporarily removed to a place of safety. A smaller copy is currently on display.
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