St Michael's, Barton

St Michael's dates from the late 12th century and stands on what may be a pagan site. It is a Grade 1 listed building with an unusual squat central tower in the centre of a circular graveyard. Internally there is what may be a unique ‘double arch’ arrangement at the base of the tower. The building has a long and varied history with connections to the Wordsworth and Washington families in its story and anyone interested in architectural history will be well rewarded. There is a recently published guide book available. St Michael’s was originally the ‘mother’ church to a much larger parish that stretched all down the southern side of Ullswater and included the present parishes of Pooley Bridge, Martindale and Patterdale.'s_Church,_Barton