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St Theobald, Musgrave
St Theobald's Church
Musgrave Church
Great Musgrave Church
locality:-   Great Musgrave
civil parish:-   Musgrave (formerly Westmorland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   church
locality type:-   flood
coordinates:-   NY76761322
1Km square:-   NY7613
10Km square:-   NY71
references:-   : 2005: Diocese of Carlisle, Directory 2004/5

BLX51.jpg (taken 21.4.2006)  
CAH62.jpg (taken 11.4.2014)  

evidence:-   old map:- OS County Series (Wmd 23 2) 
placename:-  St Theobald's Church
source data:-   Maps, County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.
"St. Theobald's Church (Rectory) / Grave Yard"

evidence:-   old text:- Gents Mag
source data:-   Magazine, The Gentleman's Magazine or Monthly Intelligencer or Historical Chronicle, published by Edward Cave under the pseudonym Sylvanus Urban, and by other publishers, London, monthly from 1731 to 1922.
image G843Eng1, button  goto source
Gentleman's Magazine 1843 part 2 plate 
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Bottom left, right, centre:-  "R. W. Billings del. / G. B. Smith sculp. / GREAT MUSGRAVE CHURCH, WESTMORLAND."

evidence:-   old text:- Gents Mag 1843
item:-  monumental brass
source data:-   image G843B571, button  goto source
Gentleman's Magazine 1843 part 2 p.571  "GREAT MUSGRAVE CHURCH, WESTMORELAND."
"(With a Plate.)"
"THE church of Great Musgrave is neither celebrated for its extent nor the style of its architecture; in the first respect it would only vie with a good sized room. But it is celebrated as the scene of the early Labours of William Paley, some of whose justly appreciated works were written in the parsonage adjoining. More recently it was marked by the ministry of the Rev. John Bowstead, B.D. the uncle and preceptor of the late Bishop of Lichfield. This venerable "Father of the Church" regularly performed his parochial duties until near the age of ninety, and died on the 1st Nov. 1841."
"Musgrave gave its name to the family who resided there for several ages, and finally settled at Eden Hall in Cumberland, which family is now represented by Sir George Musgrave, Bart. As to the church, it is of Norman foundation, the arch dividing the nave and aisle being of that period. The other parts are of the early-English, Decorated, and Perpendicular periods, but there is nothing of importance to mark these differences of style, excepting the remains of the Decorated chancel screen,shewn in the plate."
"Previous to 1248 the church was appropriated to St. Mary's Abbey at York, but it was then transferred to the bishopric of Carlisle, saving a small pension to St. Mary's reserved out of its revenues."
"There is a brass in the chancel ornamented with the four evangelists at the angles (in roundels), of the early Decorated period, to Thomas Ouds, who was rector previous to 1298. On the north wall of the nave is a monument to the founder and endower of Musgrave Grammar School, the Rev. Septimus Collinson, Provost of Queen's College, Oxford, who was a native of this parish, and died Jan. 24, 1827 (of whom a memoir will be found in the Gentleman's Magazine, vol.XCVII. i. 178)."
"Externally there is nothing material to notice, but the churchyard formerly had several carved coffin-lids belonging to the Musgraves, of ancient date. The counties of Westmoreland and Cumberland contain many, and there are some specimens engraved in Lyson's Cumberland, but only one is now left at Musgrave, and that is built into the eastern wall of the church. When an enquiry was made after some"

evidence:-   old text:- Gents Mag
item:-  floods
source data:-   Magazine, The Gentleman's Magazine or Monthly Intelligencer or Historical Chronicle, published by Edward Cave under the pseudonym Sylvanus Urban, and by other publishers, London, monthly from 1731 to 1922.
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Gentleman's Magazine 1843 part 2 p.572  "others which were in existence here only some twenty years back, the quiet answer of the mason who "did the job" was that he had "mashed" them up and built the remains in the wall."
"The site of Musgrave church is extra-"
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Gentleman's Magazine 1843 part 2 p.573  "[extra]ordinary; for, instead of being in the village, which is about a quarter of a mile distant from the river Eden, on a high rising ground, it is actually within a few yards of the water's edge, and the rectory, a little westward of the church, is on still lower ground. Whenever, therefore, there is a flood, or the "beck is out," as the local term has it, a case often occurring suddenly, owing to the rapid fall of water from the fells in rainy weather, the church is sometimes, and the rectory generally, flooded. Thus many have been the unlucky inmates, who have, on walking quietly down stairs on a dark morning, found themselves suddenly in two or three feet depth of water. The late rector was one of these."

evidence:-   old map:- Nurse 1918
placename:-  Soulsby
source data:-   Map, The Diocese of Carlisle, Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire North of the Sands, scale about 4 miles to 1 inch, by Rev Euston J Nurse, published by Charles Thurnam and Sons, 11 English Street, Carlisle, Cumberland, 2nd edn 1939.
item:-  JandMN : 27
Image © see bottom of page

The two bells were cast in the early 15th century.

 stained glass; coat of arms

 cross slabs


BST18.jpg  Monumental brass to Thomas Oud, priest, died 1502.
(taken 11.5.2010)  
CAH63.jpg  War memorial.
(taken 11.4.2014)  
BST19.jpg  Funerary plate.
(taken 11.5.2010)  

BST20.jpg  Rushbearing, 6 July 1886.
(taken 11.5.2010)  
BLX53.jpg  Old print, drawing by R W Billings, engraved by G B Smith. Are the favours on the wall from rush bearing?
(taken 21.4.2006)  

There was a church here before 1248 when its patronage was granted to the Bishop of Carlisle. A church was built in the early 18th century, on lower ground, it was flooded 3 or 4 feet deep in 1822. The present church was built in 1845.

: : church leaflet

person:-    : St Theobald
place:-   Musgrave / Carlisle Diocese

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