St Nicholas, Lazonby, is in the middle of the village, just to the east of the station – NY549397. There is a leaflet which gives a circular drive from Penrith via this church and three others. I like the welcome notice and Café church banner – but how many s’s in Mission? I googled Lazonby church and didn’t find much – I then searched for “East of Eden Mission Community” and found it – which is OK if you’re in the know.
Finlay Hansford, my Godson, was being confirmed here on Sunday 21 May. We got there nice and early, and had a push to get Julie up the hill and in to church. Wheelchair ramps were in place and the warden could not have been more helpful.
A Victorian church was built in the mid 1860s and consecrated in 1866. The architect was Anthony Salvin – we came across his work at North Sunderland and elsewhere.
I like the way they have re-used some of the carved screens in the 2009 kitchen.
I liked this window, altar and figure.
Sadly there was no choir today, but we all sang well. I haven’t sung this chorus for a few years.
The church was pretty full for the service. The Bishop of Penrith did a good job, and chatted to the youngsters afterwards. All in all, a lovely morning. I am a proud Godfather.
I found time to have a quick explore of the Settle and Carlisle station – 1870, once a very busy place, with sheep auctions in the goods yard.