There has been a Church in Greystoke since 1255. The Church at that time was richly endowed. The nobility took a personal interest in their Parish Church, and the 14th Baron Greystoke, who built the first Greystoke Castle, and whose grave is in the chancel, was keen to add chantries, where masses for the dead would be held. Three were built on each side of the nave, with painted oak screens. At the Reformation, the oak screens were removed, leaving a very large nave. The tower was used by villagers seeking refuge from marauding Scots (as a pele tower).
Various items in the Church remain from the Medieval Church. The rood beam bridging the chancel arch is oldest item in the Church, and carries floral emblems representing the wounds of Christ.
The ancient choir stalls in the chancel have some well preserved misericords (carved shelf underneath the seat).
Some of these are good examples of Christian symbolism – the pelican who feeds her young on her own blood; the unicorm surrendering to the Virgin; St Michael and the Dragon. A board gives information about each of the carvings.
Surviving piscinas where the communion vessels were washed, mark the sites of the chantries. The sedilia (three seats set in the South wall) in the sanctuary is where the Priests sat at High Mass.
Close by the vestry door stands an ancient oak table (14th Century) from the refectory.
As part of the national bell ringing Millennium appeal, three 15th Century bells were incorporated into a new ring of six bells.
The great East window is a fine collection of Medieval glass. The glass was removed as Cromwell approached, and buried. It was restored in 1848, with the restorers having difficulty putting it all back where it came from. The window is famous for the red devil beneath the feet of a bishop. An information board gives details on all the panels of the window.
There is much other ancient glass in the Church, and also much Victorian glass, the most valuable of which is the Resurrection window in the North wall by the organ. This is byCharles Kempe with his trademark, the small wheat sheaf, in the bottom left corner.
There is a modern sculpture of the Maddonna and Child on the South wall, carved by two German prisoners of war who were stationed at Carlisle at the end of the 2nd World War. It was carved with a penknife from a lump of holly root.
There is also a modern sculpture of the crucified Christ, on the West wall, looking out of the window into the future. It is by the internationally renowned Lake District sculptress Josefina de Vasconcellos.
After the Government Announcement today Wednesday 30th December 2020, we have unfortunately had to close again for a 3rd time after being placed into Tier 4 for the forseeable future.
Thank You For
Your Patince and
for your Custom,
we will look forward to hopefully seeing you all again very soon.
With the "Utmost Safety" of our Customers in mind,
we take every precaution possible including the
"Updated Guidelines" from the Government
as to how to keep
Business - Safely!
(Once We Have Been Allowed To Re-Open?)
We invested in a "Fogging Machine"
which along with the solution used is certified to kill ALL Viral
and Bacterial Infections, should there be any present.
We also meticulously clean and sanitise all areas which could have been touched either by ourselves or our Guests, and finishing with a "Steam Cleaner"
so that we can be sure that everything is safe.
There are Hand Sanitisers in the Rooms of the Main House,
as well as the Lodges, and we also wear
Face Masks and Gloves too.
We will look forward to welcoming you back to Stafford House in the very near future.
Please be aware that unfortunately we do not allow pets into the main building of
However you are more than welcome to bring them along when you are staying in our Lodges
Over the winter of 2019 and into 2020, we have been making changes to the Lodges.
Blencathra Lodge now sleeps up to 2 People, and
Pennine Lodge can sleep up to 6 People.
There are still more changes to come, and hopefully you'll like them!
Check out the Lodge Section to see what we have done!