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St MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS, Hawkshead
"I saw the snow-white church upon her hill
Sit like a throned lady sending out
A gracious look all over her domain"
From the Prelude, by William Wordsworth.
The church of St Michael and All Angels, Hawkshead, was built in c1300 on the site of an earlier Norse chapel, was painted white when Wordsworth wrote those words. It is a solid-looking church, beautifully located with lovely views, now largely dating from the 16th & 17th centuries with massive pillars and unusual arches. There's some interesting 17th century decoration and the Sandys Chapel, constructed by Archbishop Sandys (1519-1588) contains the tomb of his parents. The churchyard is charming too.