The Flower Festival, due to have been held August 1st – 5th, has been cancelled. …
Think when we’re finally allowed to leave our enforced isolation – Easter is a day of being un-tombed… A Day of Resurrection! ….
After much discussion and deliberation, we have come to the decision to postpone Rushbearing. …
The following announcement was posted on the Church of England website on 24/03/2020
All churches are closed to limit the effects of the coronavirus. More..
Sunday 28th March 2020
The Peace of the Lord be with you…. Greetings from Margaret and me.
Special Greetings to John and Sonia Rickman on their recent 55th Wedding Anniversary!
I do hope this finds you all in good form. I’m hearing so many good things about the way people are keeping in touch and looking after one another. The resilience and good humour throughout the community is very heartening. As of yesterday, the Archbishops instructed the clergy to remain at home, in line with the Government’s guidance. Extraordinary times indeed!
Worship and Prayer
You will be very much aware by now that Worship in Church has been suspended. This is a cause of much sorrow; but nonetheless, there are significant blessings too. More…
Grasmere Parish Magazine is produced every two months and is distributed free to every house in Grasmere. It is published by St. Oswald’s PCC and copy comes from our valued band of regular and occasional contributors, compiled by the editors. A small number of extra copies are on sale in the Church and some shops in Grasmere.
The magazine carries small advertisements in the back pages for local trades and services.
The website has all recent editions and a growing archive of historic magazines dating back to 1895.
Please contact the editors with any queries about magazine content, advertising or distribution.
Events during Lent this year.
It is likely there was an ancient burial ground predating the building of the Church, but all traces of this would have been covered over by subsequent burials.
Until the 1850s Grasmere Parish covered the whole of the Rothay & Brathay valleys down to what is now the Low Wood Hotel. Grasmere Churchyard had three entrances for the people from Grasmere, Ambleside and Langdale. The churchyard was closed for new burials in 1904, but only about 10% of the burials are marked; there are graves both under the floor of the Church, churchyard grass and paths.
The most famous grave is of William Wordsworth which is marked by green signs and metal railings on the east side, with the simple inscription ‘ William Wordsworth 1850, Mary Wordsworth 1859’ The neighbouring graves are to his sister, brother and children, including his daughter Dora Quillinan. There is also the grave of William Green the artist here, whose epitaph was composed by Wordsworth.
On the north side near the path to the Lych Gate are the graves of the Green family. Their tragic story is told in “The Greens of Grasmere“. The grave of George and Sarah has no stone but they are recorded on the headstone of Agnes their daughter. Nearby is the stone of Sarah Nelson who created the gingerbread shop after the school moved to Stock Lane.
Eight of the present yew trees were planted by Wordsworth. The Wordsworth Daffodil Garden was created in 2004 from a piece of land which belonged to the Church but which was unuseable for burials.