Tower In Penrith, Cumbria
A stand alone bell tower for the the Church of St Oswald in Kirkoswald, Cumbria.
Looking back at my Facebook memories, I actually took a photo of this lovely bell tower 2 years before visiting it properly and I am shamed to say I had no memory of it. I think since creating the Fabulous North, I am a little more attentive now.
The bell tower is located in Kirkoswald near Penrith and the name of the village translates to Church of St Oswald.
The bell tower sits on a hill looking over the actual church and we couldn't find much information on it other that the weather vane was dated 1743 and the inscription over the entrance which reads - This tower was rebuilt 1893 in memory of John Henry Ransome Vicar 1877-1892.
The tower is two storey with two bells inside. Apparently it is the only detached church bell tower in north Cumbria.
Look at those views!
If you head back down towards the church, look out for St. Oswald's Well on the side wall.
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On the crossroads near the bottom of the hill there is a little intentional gap in the wall. Alternatively there is a simialr gap in the wall of the church graveyard if you fancy a visit there too.
You can find a parking space in the village.
Contributed by Simon Hawkins
Thanks for checking out this place on the Fabulous North! I do enjoy a wander out in to the countryside trying to find hidden gems that not many people know about. You can't beat a rogue Pele tower up a remote hill or a mysterious stone circle or a stunning waterfall secluded in a forest.
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