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placename:- St Olaf's Church
other name:- Nether Wasdale Church
other name:- Wasdale Church
locality:- Wasdale Head
parish Nether Wasdale parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
church
coordinates:- NY18850869
10Km square:- NY10
References : 2005: Diocese of Carlisle, Directory 2004/5

1Km square NY1808

photograph

St Olaf's Church -- Wasdale Head -- Nether Wasdale -- Cumbria / -- 11.5.2006
photograph

St Olaf's Church -- Wasdale Head -- Nether Wasdale -- Cumbria / -- 11.5.2006

old map:- Nurse 1918

Map, The Diocese of Carlisle, Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire North of the Sands, now Cumbria, scale about 4 miles to 1 inch, by Rev Euston J Nurse, published by Charles Thurnam and Sons, 11 English Street, Carlisle, Cumberland, 1918 and 2nd edn 1939.
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WASTDALE
United benefice with Netherwastdale, but separate parish. In the errata:-
For Wastdale (above lake) read Wastdale Head, ...
site name:- Gosforth Rural Deanery
site name:- Archdeaconry of Furness
site name:- Diocese of Carlisle
date:- 1939
period:- 1930s

old print:- Heaton Cooper 1905 (edn 1908)

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Print, colour halftone, Wastdalehead Church, St Olaf's Church, Wasdale Head, Nether Wasdale, Cumberland, from a watercolour painting by Alfred Heaton Cooper, published by Adam and Charles Black, London, 2nd edn 1908.
Opposite p.90 of The English Lakes, painted by Alfred Heaton Cooper, described by William T Palmer.
printed at tissue opposite the print:-
WASTDALEHEAD CHURCH

placename:- Wastdalehead Church
date:- 1905
period:- 1900s

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, St Olaf's Church, interior, Wasdale Head, Nether Wasdale, Cumberland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
internegative at lower left:-
H. Bell
stamped at reverse:-
HERBERT BELL / Photographer / AMBLESIDE
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

old photograph:- Bell 1880s-1940s

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Photograph, black and white, St Olaf's Church, Wasdale Head, Nether Wasdale, Cumberland, by Herbert Bell, photographer, Ambleside, Westmorland, 1890s.
internegative at lower left:-
H. Bell
stamped at reverse:-
HERBERT BELL / Photographer / AMBLESIDE
date:- 1890=1899
period:- 19th century, late

source:- Martineau 1855

Guide book, A Complete Guide to the English Lakes, by Harriet Martineau, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, and by Whittaker and Co, London, 1855; published 1855-71.
Page 120:-
... There is a chapel,- the humblest of chapels,- with eight pews, and three windows in three sides, and a skylight over the pulpit. There is now a school:- a chapel and a school and no public house! ...
date:- 1855
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s

old map:- Garnett 1850s-60s H

Map of the English Lakes, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, published by John Garnett, Windermere, Westmorland, 1850s-60s.
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cross, a church
date:- 1850=1869
period:- 19th century, late; 1850s; 1860s

descriptive text:- Ford 1839 (3rd edn 1843)

Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, et al, 1839; published 1839-52.
Page 171:-
... its small chapel has only eight pews, and is without a burial-ground.
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

descriptive text:- Otley 1823 (5th edn 1834)

Guidebook, Concise Description of the English Lakes, later A Description of the English Lakes, by Jonathan Otley, published by the author, Keswick, Cumberland, by J Richardson, London, and by Arthur Foster, Kirky Lonsdale, Cumbria, 1823 onwards.
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Page 30:-
Wasdale Head consists of about half a dozen dwellings sheltered by trees, and a small Chapel, ...
...
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Page 130:-
Wasdale Head ... Here six or seven families have their Chapel, of a size proportionate to the number of inhabitants, and in a style according with the situation; ...
date:- 1823
period:- 19th century, early; 1820s

old map:- Bowen and Kitchin 1760

New Map of the Counties of Cumberland and Westmoreland, scale about 4 miles to 1 inch, Emanuel Bowen and Thomas Kitchin, published by T Bowles, John Bowles and Son, Robert Sayer, and John Tinney, 1760; published 1760-87.
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Warsdale Chap.
circle, tower

placename:- Warsdale Chapel
date:- 1760
period:- 18th century, late; 1760s

old map:- Morden 1695 (Cmd)

Maps, Westmorland, scale about 2.5 miles to 1 inch, and Cumberland, scale about 3 miles to 1 inch, by Robert Morden, 1695.
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Warsdale Chap
Circle.

placename:- Warsdale Chapel
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1695
period:- 17th century, late; 1690s

old map:- Jansson 1646

Map, Cumbria et Westmoria, or Cumberland and Westmorland, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, by John Jansson, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1646; published 1646-1724.
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Wasdale Chap
Building and tower with cross.

placename:- Wasdale Chappell
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1646
period:- 17th century, early; 1640s

old map:- Speed 1611 (Cmd)

Maps, The Countie Westmorland and Kendale the Cheif Towne, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, and Cumberland and the Ancient Citie Carlile, scale about 4 miles to 1 inch, by John Speed, London, 1611; published 1611-1770.
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Wasdale chap.
circle, tower

placename:- Wasdale Chapel
date:- 1611
period:- 17th century, early; 1610s

old map:- Saxton 1579

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Wasdale chap:
Circle and buildings.

placename:- Wasdale Chapel
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1576
period:- 16th century, late; 1570s

database:- Listed Buildings 2010

Listed Buildings 2010

courtesy of English Heritage
CHURCH OF ST OLAF / / / WASDALE / COPELAND / CUMBRIA / II / 76282 / NY1885208693
courtesy of English Heritage
Parish Church. Earliest reference to a church on this is c1550; records start 1620. Later additions and alterations. Pebble-dashed rubble walls (c3 ft thick) on plinth. Graduated slate roofs with overhanging eaves; stone copings with bellcote to west end. Single cell. Side walls c5 ft high. C20 plank door on north side; C19 multi-light stone-mullioned windows under hoodmoulds. Interior: 4 original roof trusses (one over altar has cut tie-beam). Ornate C19 cast-iron lamp brackets to side walls. Monolithic stone holy-water stoup (original font?) in recess in west wall c2 1/2 ft high, square in plan, with stop- chamfered corners.

placename:- Church of St Olaf
district:- Copeland
listed building
coordinates:- NY18850869
date:- 2010
period:- 2010s

photographs
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button to large St Olaf's Church -- Wasdale Head -- Nether Wasdale -- Cumbria / -- 11.5.2006

photographs
tiny photograph, 
button to large St Olaf's Church -- Wasdale Head -- Nether Wasdale -- Cumbria / -- Gravestone, Gustave Robert Speaker, president of the Fell and Rock Club, died on Great Gable, 1942. -- 20.5.2008
tiny photograph, 
button to large St Olaf's Church -- Wasdale Head -- Nether Wasdale -- Cumbria / -- Gravestone, Frank Robert, died on Pillar, 1935. -- 20.5.2008
tiny photograph, 
button to large St Olaf's Church -- Wasdale Head -- Nether Wasdale -- Cumbria / -- Gravestone, Claud Deane Frankland, died on Great Gable, 1927. -- 20.5.2008
tiny photograph, 
button to large St Olaf's Church -- Wasdale Head -- Nether Wasdale -- Cumbria / -- Gravestone, Max Philipp Gunter Franz, died on Central Buttress, Scawfell, 1953. -- 20.5.2008
tiny photograph, 
button to large St Olaf's Church -- Wasdale Head -- Nether Wasdale -- Cumbria / -- Gravestone, Roland Ernest Sargent, died on Green Gable, 1934. -- 20.5.2008
tiny photograph, 
button to large St Olaf's Church -- Wasdale Head -- Nether Wasdale -- Cumbria / -- Gravestone, Henry L Jupp, Algernon E W Garrett, and Stanley Ridsdale, died on Scawfell, 1903. -- 20.5.2008

hearsay The church was not licensed for burial until 1901. Before then coffins were taken on the corpse road over Burnmoor.

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