I arrived at Emma’s parents home in Ravenstonedale Cumbria. It was a beautiful sunny morning to capture the wedding preps. The setting for the wedding celebrations was stunning. Fantastic views across the open fields to the Howgills and beyond. Emma and her six bridesmaids were all either having their hair or make up done. And there was lots of excitement for the day ahead. Emma and Thomas had chosen to have their ceremony in the local church St Oswalds.
St Oswald’s Church, Ravenstonedale Cumbria
St Oswald’s Church, Ravenstonedale Cumbria. Erected on the site of a previous church, dates from the 18th century. With remnants of the old church built in to the fabric. This church is in a beautiful setting and is lovely for a wedding.
The approach along a long straight path through the large peaceful churchyard. With its imposing trees creating a spectacular entry.
Saxon relics show that Christian worship here goes back many centuries. Near the porch is the base of a Saxon cross. This is the oldest relic of Christian worship in Ravenstonedale Cumbria
Unusually for a church in Cumbria. St Oswald’s follows the ‘collegiate’ plan, where rows of pews face into the central aisle.
Pews face into the central aisle.
The handsome oak-panelled three decker pulpit, complete with sounding board. Constructed facing the centre on the north side, and also . The stained glass windows are of particular interest.
One of the East windows, by Shrigley and Hunt, dedicated to Elizabeth Gaunt. who was the last female burnt at Tyburn for the protestant cause. The church was a sanctuary to assure a fair trial, if the accused could toll the bell once .
Originally part of the East window at nearby Newbiggin-on-Lune, which closed in 1984. The Saint Aiden window first installed and dedicated in 1986,
The foundations of the Gilbertine Abbey built about AD 1200 are on the north side of the building . Excavated in 1920. Leaflets give interesting information about St Gilbert and the Gilbertine Order. And subsequently how they came here from the Priory of Watton in Yorkshire. The site looks out on Scandel Beck.
Ravenstonedale wedding Photography – Janet Ridley
Ravenstonedale is an unspoiled picturesque village. Lying at the foot of the Howgills in Cumbria. Nearby is the village of Newbiggin-on-Lune. Kirkby Stephen is about 4 miles north east. The village’s main sources of employment are hill farming and tourism
Ravenstonedale now benefits significantly from tourism. Situated just to the east of the M6 motorway, in the stunning Eden valley. It is much quieter than the Lake District National Park. While Ravenstonedale is a perfect base for touring not only the Lake District National Park but also the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It also offers much itself . Beautiful countryside and peaceful country lanes lead to the nearby Howgill fells.
Ravenstonedale had its own passenger railway station until 1952. Goods services ran until the total closure of the line in January 1962. Although named Ravenstonedale, the station was located at Newbiggin. The attractive building can still be spotted from the A685 road. The station was on a section of the Stainmore Railway. Stretching from Tebay to Darlington. Built to transport coke from the north east to the iron industries of south Cumbria.
The area is a paradise for walkers with The Howgills on the doorstep. Golf, fishing, cycling, horse riding and tennis are also available locally. A Wainwright’s Coast to Coast Walk passes through nearby Newbiggin On Lune on its way from St Bees to the East Coast.