Religious Buildings in Cumbria
Welcome to the EDGE Guide to Religious Buildings. Despite the best efforts of the Scots raiders the important religious buildings of the county survived largely intact until the reign of King Henry VIII.
Henry's Dissolution brought about the destruction of some of England's finest buildings.
However, a great many survived: Carlisle Cathedral, Cartmel and Lanercost Priories are still in use, though not in their original condition.
The ruins of the Abbeys at Furness and Shap are more romantic and in their own way just as impressive as their more fortunate brethren. All are worth visiting.
The ruined Abbey of Furness.
A great many of the churches in the county are of architectural merit and
good guidebooks such as Mike Salter's The Old Parish Churches of Cumbria
and the two volumes about Cumbria in the Buildings of England series by
Nikolaus Pevsner (published by Penguin) will be invaluable companions. There
are many others.