Religious Place In Penrith, Cumbria
A mausoleum for William the second Earl, who died in 1844.
In the graveyard of St Michael's Church, Lowther Park near Penrith is a magnificent mausoleum to William Lowther, the second Earl of Lonsdale.
The mausoleum is on two levels with the upper having glass windows with a statue of Lowther created in 1963. Head down the steps to the lower level and there is a wooden door (which was locked), but would be the crypt housing the coffin.
Difficult to get a decent photo through the glass.
Lowther died in 1872 so the statue would have been created 9 years before his death.
Just above the door is the date AD1857 which is assumed when the mausoleum was built, so obviously doing a bit of forward planning.
There are four griffins adorning each of the corners of the building, standing guard over the mausoleum and graveyard.
We didn't get a chance to look into the nearby church of the spectacular Lowther Castle which we saw as we were parking. Will have to visit next time.
Place 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.
A beacon that when lit would warn the neighbouring villages of an impending attack!
A ruined 18th century church currently being transformed by the local residents into another place for calm and reflection.
A ruined chapel that was once a popular place for pilgrimages.