Lake District historic houses and buildings

Architectural
Gems

Lake District historic buildings

Architectural
Gems

Lake District Historic Buildings
& Architectural Gems

Pevsner’s Architectural Guides to England & Wales are the unrivalled bibles to our country’s unique built heritage. The guide to Cumbria by Matthew Hyde and Nikolaus Pevsner features many standout buildings you must visit. Here is a selection to start with.
Keswick Church of St John the Evangelist

Keswick Church of St John the Evangelist

“Even in the geological showcase of Keswick, its pink Lamonby aslar is outstanding.”

Mirehouse, Bassentwaite

“The situation is poetic… the house is low and spreading, neither grand nor formal as major family seats go, but memorable for its literary and artistic associations.”

Mirehouse between Bassenthwaite Lake and Skiddaw

Cockermouth, Wordsworth House

“… the Trust to present, very successfully, a living house of the period, without ropes or signs.”

Workington, St Michael's Church

“It is unusual…to see such unstinted large – scale design with plenty of figures and direct biblical storytelling. The Annunciation in the Lady Chapel is particularly effective.”

Workington St Michaels Church

Maryport, Fleming Square

“The houses are individual and modest, conforming to a pleasant Cumbria language of colourwashing with contrasting window surrounds.”

Aspatria, St Kentigern's churchyard

” … a replica of the Gosforth Cross set up in 1887. A valuable piece in its own right. It was made as an experiment by the antiquarian vicar W S Calverley.”

Wigton, George Moore Memorial

“The crux of the town… Reliefs by Thomas Woolner in aluminium bronze… Pevsner judged them very good, still with classical discipline, but also with genuine feeling.”

Silloth, Christ Church

“Local sandstone contrasts with granite… in regular chequers on the buttresses…and ashlar dressing elsewhere. Good fittings, all presumably by the architects.”

Silloth Christ Church