St JOHN the BAPTIST, Arkholme

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St JOHN the BAPTIST, Arkholme

The parish church of St John the Baptist, Arkholme, is situated close to the River Lune on the site of the 11th century motte and bailey castle. This was one of several fortifications erected along the Lune Valley after the Norman invasion. The motte is just behind the church, which is situated where the bailey would have been. Immediately to the south of the church is the base of an ancient stone cross – minus the cross itself.
The church dates from c1450, was renovated in 1788 and underwent a further restoration in 1897. Inside are carvings dating from the original building, an early 17th century wainscot chair, a cute little model of the organ and a small 20th century stained glass window depicting the venerable Bede and St Hilda, Abess of Whitby. The church bell is as old as, or older than, the original church. It is said to be one of the oldest inscribed bells in England, containing the words IHS Nazarenus Rex Judeorum Fili Dei – Jesus of Nazarus, King of the Jews, Son of God.
Arkholme is a Thankful Village - one of 53 in England and Wales where everyone who served in WW1 returned alive. In Arkholme's case, 59 served and came back; there is a commemorative stone outside the church, under the west window.

Main Street (off the B6254)
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Main Historic Period
Between Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale
Primary Management
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